After starting on just after 1:30pm on Friday 3rd August and devastating over 23,000 hectares (probably much higher than this figure), it’s all over! The status is now officially “Em Conclusão” (in conclusion).
This means the authorities are happy that all fires are out and re-ignitions are unlikely.
No doubt the political arguments will now begin (actually they already had) which is something I’m not getting involved in. But what I will say is that it’s amazing that no human life was lost and property damage appears to be low considering the amount of area that has burnt. No doubt countless wildlife was destroyed and of course a lot of agricultural land lost, but in time this will recover.
UPDATE! The latest area consumed is now said to be 27,000 hectares.