Has The Monster Finally Been Slayed?

After what has been an horrific week of fires, the latest update is that although still active, there are no fronts. Finally the monster has been slayed! Of course, there could still be re-ignitions, but for now, the area is a little more calmer and we are due a humid night which will help.

Just look at this fire map which shows the entire area burnt over the last 7 days. The last figure I read was 23,000 hectares and this was a couple of days ago so is likely much larger now. To put it into perspective, Cardiff (the entire city, not just the centre) is just over 13,000 hectares! Whilst we were safe in the São Marcos da Serra area during the whole ordeal, I can’t help but think “what if the wind changed to a South-westerly?”……….?

Area of destruction

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Another Day, The Same Fires!

Yet again, the fires burn out of control and now it’s started to creep ever closer to larger populations such as Silves. Of course, the further south the fire reaches, the more people will be in it’s path.

Here in the São Marcos da Serra area, we again keep watching the wind direction as today a fierce front is burning not too far away, now to the South West of the village. The wind direction seems to be switching from Northerly to Westerly which is keeping the fire away from the village.

As I have done for the last couple of days I decided to help the locals in the Village by informing them via the local Facebook Page of the fire’s location.

Here are a few photos I took whilst out.

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