Forest fires destroy more than 94,000 hectares

Forest fires destroy more than 94,000 hectares

05 September 2013

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Portugal — By the end of August this year a total of 94,155 hectares of Portuguese land had burned, 25 percent more than during the first eight months of 2012.

These most recent figures were released this week by the Institute for Nature and Forest Conservation (ICNF), and also showed that during that period 14,143 fires were registered in Portugal, 1,690 fewer than during the same period of 2012.

According to other figures from the ICNF, less land was lost to forest fires by 31 August this year than in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010.

“Comparing figures from this year to records from the past ten years, it should be stressed that 15 percent fewer fires were registered this year than the average from the past ten years, and 20 percent less land burned in comparison to the averages from that same period”, the ICNF’s report said.

The biggest fire registered so far this year was on 9 July in Alfândega da Fé (Bragança) and it is estimated that 14,912 hectares went up in flames in that occurrence, 11,980 hectares of which was forest land.

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