Fires which devastated large areas in Madeira island and the Algarve have been brought under control, the Civil Protection service reported.
Madeira is currently free from the fires which devastated many areas of the island over the few days, according to an announcement made by the Portuguese Civil Protection service Tuesday, 24 July. Meanwhile, a fire which had started in the Algarve on Monday, 23 July, had been brought under control by the evening.
Quoted by newsagency Lusa, Luís Neri, head of Madeira’s Civil Protection service, said there were no fires active in the region on Tuesday morning, and stressed they had “means distributed all over the island so as to monitor and patrol”, in order to detect any new threats.
In the popular holiday destination of the Algarve, after a devastating fire affected the municipalities of Tavira and São Brás de Alportel between Wednesday, 18 July, and Sunday, 22 July, another blaze erupted on Monday, 23 July in the area of Montes Novos, Loulé.
According to Lusa, which quotes the National Authority for Civil Protection (ANPC), this fire had been brought under control by Monday evening.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs, added Lusa, asked the ANPC on Monday to have a full report on the fires in the Algarve ready by 10 August, after doubts surfaced about the coordination of the combat forces while fighting the fires.
This was prompted by a statement to national broadcaster RTP from the head of the Civil Protection service, Vítor Vaz Pinto, who admitted there had been some problems while fighting last week’s fires in the Algarve.
(Photograph: A general view of destruction and charred landscape after the violent fire that