Rui Santos, mayor of Vila Real
Rui Santos – The fire represents a terrible damage to the Alvão Natural Park, to our landscape, to our nature. Despite the 6,000 hectares burned, fortunately, human victims and damage to homes were avoided, but in terms of agriculture and animal production there were significant losses.– Has the prevention failed?
– The current conditions of drought and high temperatures, in a hotter than usual summer, associated with atrocious and inexplicable criminal acts, potentiate serious forest fires. Even with the work that our municipality develops in terms of prevention, if any criminal decides to start a fire, it can easily reach large dimensions.
“Now we have no pasture for the animals to eat, everything is burned”
“Now we don’t have pasture for the animals. I don’t even have a place for them to be and that’s why they run wild, but they don’t have anything to eat because it’s all burned”, he tells the Morning mail Margarida Santos, a resident of Vilarinho de Sarmadã, who “for two minutes” managed to save the hay she had stored. “We were surrounded by fire, we had nowhere to escape. Those were moments I will never forget”, laments Margarida, who had her son help to protect the cattle from the flames.“There is no question of a criminal hand”
“There is no doubt that it was a criminal hand”, says Orlando Matos, commander of the Cruz Branca Fire Department in Vila Real. “When we were fighting one front, another one broke out in another place”, he maintains. The PJ is investigating. firefighters were surrounded on the road
A team of firefighters was surrounded by fire as it climbed the Alvão mountain range towards the village of Cravela, where flames threatened several houses. At that point, the flames crossed the road.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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