In 2010, Portugal is again affected by severe forest fires© cafrizell (flickr.com)
Forest fire danger remains critical in Portugal
During the last weeks, Portugal has seen conditions of high and very high fire danger. These conditions that favour fire ignition and spread lead to a number of simultaneous forest fires in Northern Portugal. Fire danger forecast provided by the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) shows that fire danger conditions will continue to be critical in the next days, with a gradual decrease of fire danger though still remaining in the very high levels in large areas of the Iberian peninsula. A slight improvement is expected for 19 August.
Regarding the forest fire damages until now, EFFIS has mapped in the European Union a total of 109,279 ha of burned areas with a size of 40ha or more size each, suggesting an estimated total burned area of about 145,000 ha when accounting also for smaller affected areas not detected by earth observation means. Portugal is the most affected country and as there are still a number of fires burning, these figures are set to increase in the coming days.