The Monchique Fire Is Now A Very Serious Problem

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As you may know, the fires burning in the Serra de Monchique has turned a very dark corner and is now approaching the main town of Monchique with evacuations of small areas on the outskirts of the town taking place. I know a few of you that attend my walks live in the area and my thoughts are with you and hope you come away without any major issues.

I took a quick trip up Eagle Ridge which normally has some amazing views over Serra de Monchique and the highest peak of Foia, however, as you can see it really shows just how terrible this situation is. If I’m honest, sitting up there and seeing this view almost brought a tear to my eye. If I was to guess, the ridgeline in the photo has a width of about 20kms. We can only hope the brave men and women on the front-line (and behind the scenes) can bring this monster under control before a major disaster. The lights in the foreground is my local village of São Marcos da Serra, this village is a long way from the fires and under no threat.

Forest Fires in the Serra de Monchique, Algarve


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  1. I have a house which was my deceased mother’s house (We only holiday there) in Brejo. Photos look as though either it has burnt or is oberwhelmèd with far reaching smoke. We are preparing to hear it has burnt and we are praying for the lives and livelihoods and animals of our neighbours. Do you know anything? We are struggling to get info as can only be expected.

    1. Hi Victoria, I know the area you mention but unfortunately I don’t know if the fire has reached or how much damage it has done. I really hope that everything is all ok. What I do believe is that they now have the fire under control so I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

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