Odemira fire still mobilizes nearly 1,000 operatives on the ground

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The fire that broke out on Saturday in the Alentejo municipality of Odemira and entered the municipalities of Monchique and Aljezur (Faro) still mobilizes almost 1,000 operatives and six air resources on the ground, even though it has been dominated since Wednesday.

At 10:20, 989 operational staff were still on the ground, supported by 335 vehicles and six air resources, according to information published on the website of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC).

The fire, which was reported to be contained at 10:15 on Wednesday, still has several worrying points, especially on the southern front, so firefighters should remain on the ground in the coming days, said a Civil Protection source at a briefing held on Wednesday.

The southern front of the fire touches the Algarve municipalities of Monchique and Aljezur (Faro district), where the flames also entered, having come to surround the center of the village of Odeceixe, in Aljezur, on Monday afternoon.

The burned area caused by this fire covers about 8,400 hectares, with a perimeter of 50 kilometers.

Since the beginning of the fire, 42 people have been assisted by the medical teams on site and nine have been transported to hospital units, with no serious situations reported.

The fire destroyed at least two houses, one of first housing in Vale Juncal, in São Teotónio, municipality of Odemira, and another, which will be a vacation home, in the Boavista area, in Odeceixe, municipality of Aljezur.

The flames also destroyed a rural tourism unit, also in Vale Juncal, with the owners complaining about the lack of assistance from the fire department.

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