MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
Data from the 8th Interim Rural Fire Report 2019 show that the number of fires and the area burned in Portugal continues to decline for the second year in a row. Comparing the figures for the year 2019 with the history of the previous 10 years, it is noted that there were 46% fewer rural fires and 70% less burned area than the annual average for the period. The year 2019 has, by 15 October, the second smallest number of fires, the second smallest burnt area and is the first time since 2009 that the reduction in burnt area occurs in two consecutive years.
In absolute terms, the National Rural Fire Database records, between January 1 and October 16, 2019, a total of 10,841 rural fires, resulting in 41,622 hectares of burnt area, between stands (21 163 ha), shrubs (15 782 ha) and agricultural area (4,677 ha).
This trend is only possible thanks to the collective effort involving the populations, with particular emphasis on farmers and forest producers, whose efforts deserve recognition by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development.
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