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Monchique fire - EDP denies electricity cable started blaze

FireMonchique2018The Monchique fire in 2018 most likely was caused by an electrity line touching and setting fire to a eucalyptus tree.

The Independent Technical Observatory, created by parliament to monitor forest fires, points to, "a specific place the fire started and this being caused by an electric line, which EDP refutes."

In the report on the 2018 fire, the experts complain that, after nine months of fire, the cause is, "still being investigated."

"There are initial photographs in which flames are visible near the electricity line which may have been the origin of the fire because there are trees in the place - essentially eucalyptus - with sufficient height to be able to come into contact with the cables, although the version from EDP does not point in this direction," states the report.

The findings show that, "despite indications that the cause of the fire may have originated in the medium-voltage line running through the fire site, there is no official information on the more detailed investigation to confirm this hypothesis."

In this sense, the experts express concern about the fires that arise from contact with the electricity grid.

The report also draws attention to "the lack of effectiveness in investigating the causes of fire," and considers, "at the very least strange that there is still no known cause for a fire with such consequences."

The Independent Technical Observatory recommends "an improvement in the service of investigation of causes particularly in large fires."

The fire of Monchique was active between 03 and 10 of August of 2018 in Monchique and consumed more than 27,000 hectares.

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0 #4 Darcy 2019-05-15 09:51
[quote name="J.Davidson"]What is the difficulty with some whizz at EDP or the Electricity Regulator spending a couple of thousand euros from Portugal's monstrous hoard of WW2 Nazi era Gold and buying several drones
.............................. .............................. .............................. ...Obviously, you don't read a lot or you would know that the Bank of Portugal retained one single piece of gold that was acquired by the fascist regime that was in power in Portugal during the WW2 and is kept by the bank as a curiosity piece.
+1 #3 AL 2019-05-13 11:40
Quoting J.Davidson:
What is the difficulty with some whizz at EDP or the Electricity Regulator spending a couple of thousand euros from Portugal's monstrous hoard of WW2 Nazi era Gold and buying several drones tailor made for assessing tree proximity and height.

A couple of thousand of euros to buy how many tailor made drones? You're probably thinking that there will be some change left to hire a team of drone pilots. And why would a private company have access to the gold reserves of a country?
Talking about it is a lot cheaper.
+3 #2 J.Davidson 2019-05-11 10:44
What is the difficulty with some whizz at EDP or the Electricity Regulator spending a couple of thousand euros from Portugal's monstrous hoard of WW2 Nazi era Gold and buying several drones tailor made for assessing tree proximity and height. To regularly fly along each regions power lines. The software and technology has existed for some time - is the problem some ancient limitation on over flying important Portuguese landowners without their permission?
A limitation today like vehicle dashboard camera video that cannot be 'legally' circulated in Portugal even though our Portuguese neighbours happily watch the dashboard camera TV programmes from elsewhere on the planet.
+4 #1 Peter Booker 2019-05-11 07:07
How can the investigators accept this flat denial by EDP? Where is the reasoning behind EDP´s position? I suspect that they just deny everything because it is now impossible to prove; and because once they admit to causing one fire, the floodgates (so to speak) will open.

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