The fire in Portugal, which has already caused 64 deaths, is still active
Prospects are favorable after controlling in the last hours 70% of the flames. For Tuesday, temperatures will be around 39 degrees Celsius and winds will be moderate in affected areas.
The fire that devastates central Portugal remains active in four outbreaks in the districts of Leiria and Coimbra, where prospects are favorable after controlling 70% of the flames in the last hours, according to Civil Protection data.
Following the progress made in the morning, the number of operatives in the field is maintained by more than 2,000 operators, supported by land and air equipment, including at least four aircraft arriving from Spain.
The latest official figures show 64 dead and 62 wounded in the municipal district of Pedrógão Grande, where the flames started on Saturday, apparently due to the impact of lightning on a dry tree, according to the Judicial Police (PJ). With the arrival of the day, the teams restructure their action plan, more optimistic than yesterday but cautious about the weather, which can complicate the tasks of extinction. The Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) forecasts for Tuesday temperatures around 39 degrees and moderate winds in the affected areas of the districts of Leiria and Coimbra.
Meanwhile, the identification of the victims continues, a task in which a team of forensic investigators relentlessly works, and critics are multiplied to the management of the tragedy. On this issue, the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, appealed Monday to concentrate efforts in fighting the fire, instead of discussing the causes and possible responsibilities that can lead to the event. “The priority now is fighting fire and supporting victims and families,” said the head of state, adding that “we will have all the time in the world” to discuss the other issues.