Madeira’s most significant fires are now extinguished


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The most significant fires that have raged in Madeira in recent days, in the west and north coast, have all been extinguished, the Regional Civil Protection Service said today.

In a statement sent to newsrooms today, Madeira’s Civil Protection said that the fire in the municipality of Porto Moniz, in the north of the island, “has been completely extinguished”.

On Monday night, fires in the municipalities of Calheta, Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava were also declared extinguished.

On the other hand, the Regional Civil Protection Service says that there have been two reignitions in São Paulo (Ribeira Brava municipality) and Canhas (Ponta do Sol municipality), in the west of Madeira.

The fire in Canhas has been contained and is in the aftermath, mobilizing seven firefighters and three vehicles.

The fire in São Paulo is still active, with two media and four operatives.

In the statement, the regional authority also said that the Regional Civil Protection Emergency Plan, activated on Thursday, ceased to be active at 23:59 on Monday.

The most devastating fire broke out in the parish of Prazeres, in Calheta, last Wednesday, and then spread to the neighboring municipality of Porto Moniz.

During the night from Friday to Saturday, a new fire broke out at the Terreiros site, in the highlands of the municipality of Ribeira Brava, and spread to the forest area of the parish of Jardim da Serra, in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos.

The man suspected of setting the forest fire in the municipality of Calheta, arrested by the Judicial Police in flagrante delicto on Friday, was heard in court on Saturday and remanded in custody, a coercive measure replaced by internment in a mental health institution.

On Sunday morning, all the outbreaks of fire were already in the aftermath and being monitored.

As far as the burnt area is concerned, the Madeira government expects it to be assessed by Thursday.

The damage caused by the fires is currently being surveyed.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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