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Thursday morning Monchique fire update

CivilDefencelThe six day Monchique fire continues on two active fronts, one threatening houses near Fóia and Caldas de Monchique, the other in the Silves municipality.

The Mayor of Monchique, Rui André, said that the firefighters managed to calm the most critical areas.

At the end of Wednesday, flames threatened the perimeter of Silves, notably in the neighborhood of Enxerim where people were evacuated but later were allowed back home. Other evacuees spent the night at schools in Silves and in São Bartolomeu de Messines.

At dusk, things were calmer in the Silves area but mayor Rosa da Palma said that because of the wind, there are places that are still at risk and that 10,000 hectares already have been burned in her municipality.

A pall of smoke obscured the setting sun with images of the Monchique fire now broadcast across the world.

Machines worked overnight in both council areas to clear firebreaks before air support can recommence on Thursday morning.

The new leader of the effort to put out the Monchique fires, second-in-command at the National Civil Defence Asssociation, Patricia Gaspar, said the weather conditions were not very favorable for fighting the flames.

Traffic is banned on the EN266 between Portimão and Monchique and the EN267 is cut between Nave and Marmelete and also between Monchique and São Marcos da Serra . Transit is still prohibited on EN124, between Silves and São Bartolomeu de Messines.

According to the European Forest Fire Information System, the flames already have consumed more than 21,000 hectares in the Algarve.

According to the civil protection website, about 1,300 operational vehicles, supported by 390 land vehicles, are currently on the ground.

In a statement, the General Directorate of Health advised that children, chronic respiratory patients and the elderly are the most vulnerable groups when there is thick smoke in the air.

The DGS says that the inhalation of fumes or chemical substances can lead to manifestation of damage in the future that in the most serious cases can cause respiratory failure. In order to avoid the effects of smoking exposure, the DGS advises people to stay indoors.

Bombeiros stations are calling for donations, primarily of water and snacks. Check local media for collection points but Fire Stations should not refuse drop-offs:

Water (no more than 500 ml bottles)
Energy bars and drinks
Tetra packs of fruit juice
Tins of fruit (easily opened/ring pull ones)
Plastic cutlery
Paper plates
Biafine burn cream
Eye drops (ask at Pharmacia, to help sore eyes)
Medium/large sized plasters (Elastoplast's)
Old towels
Cotton socks (don't need to be new but clean would be appreciated)
Snacks
Talcum powder
Toiletries for men and women
Sanitary towels
Wet wipes

 

Safe Communities Portugal has the following official information for readers:

Monchique fire protection advice from the government:
http://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/monchique-fire-protection-and-advice-from-government/

and download this .pdf file 'Safe Village Safe People - Protecting yourself against rural fires'

http://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Safe-Village-Safe-People-Protecting-yourself-against-rural-fires-brochure-English.pdf

Comments  

0 #9 Ed 2018-08-10 15:10
Quoting ILB:
Hi, I’m travelling to Tavira in September. Are the eastern towns affected and safe for travel?

No problems. The fire was in the western municipalities of Monchique, Silves and Portimao.
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+1 #8 ILB 2018-08-10 15:08
Hi, I’m travelling to Tavira in September. Are the eastern towns affected and safe for travel?
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0 #7 Ed 2018-08-10 09:25
Quoting mb123:
Hello Algarve daily news
I am wondering if it is safe to travel from Sevilla to Sagres? Are the bus companies still running along the coast to Lagos?
Thanks
Perfectly safe, the A22 motorway always remained open and the fire that started in Monchique now is over. The Portuguese bus company drivers were on strike yesterday but are working again today
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0 #6 mb123 2018-08-10 09:23
Hello Algarve daily news
I am wondering if it is safe to travel from Sevilla to Sagres? Are the bus companies still running along the coast to Lagos?
Thanks
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0 #5 Maxwell 2018-08-09 16:41
We are still getting mixed messages from the different TV stations the RTP official Government one telling us that people are returning to their houses (ruins?);SIC and TVI showing us hamlets being evacuated with flames near to the commentator. Much understandable panic. Yet again the official message being the McCann Imperative - Keep Calm and Carry On (your holiday) - don't cancel or postpone your arrival or leave early. No mention of 'Remember to pack a face mask'; sun cream is less important as the sun now obscured.
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+3 #4 mj1 2018-08-09 14:10
indeed your coverage has been excellent, better than some other "news" papers!
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+8 #3 Ed 2018-08-09 13:23
Quoting John Hamilton:
Thank you Algarve Daily News. It was the best and most up to date information on the forest fires we could find
and helped us plan each day.
Now heading home to Scotland but could not have
done without your excellent information during
our holiday. We were north of Alvor, and south of Monchique in a villa.
John

Dear John

Thanks so much for this kind comment, very much appreciated. This is a grim time for so many people that have been affected by the fire, some of whom have lost everything. Our thoughts are with them and let's pray that this time, the government takes the forestry industry by the scruff of the neck and insists that it too must clean up its act.
Ed
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+6 #2 John Hamilton 2018-08-09 09:25
Thank you Algarve Daily News. It was the best and most up to date information on the forest fires we could find
and helped us plan each day.
Now heading home to Scotland but could not have
done without your excellent information during
our holiday. We were north of Alvor, and south of Monchique in a villa.
John
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+12 #1 mj1 2018-08-09 08:16
I am sure people will of course help with items requested, but surely its also the govt task to supply first aid items asked for these firemen?
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