The forest fires that have been going on since the previous week in the Serra da Estrela mountainous region in the middle of Portugal have burned 17 thousand hectares of land.
Andre Fernandes, Director of the National Civil Protection Agency, made a statement to the press about the forest fire, which entered its 10th day, saying, “The fire continues at different points and is still active. It is very difficult to fight due to its location, drought, hot weather and wind.” said.
In the current situation, 1100 officers participated in the firefighting efforts, 356 machines from the land and 13 planes from the air, Fernandes noted that 19 firefighters were injured, 3 of them seriously.
Due to the fire, 45 people were evacuated from their homes for safety reasons.
In Portugal, which has been fighting forest fires for the last month and where 58 thousand 354 hectares of forest area was damaged between January 1 and July 31, fires continue in 14 places.
It was stated that the burned forest area was 59 percent more than the average of the last 10 years.
Interior Minister Jose Luis Carneiro announced on 14 August that 119 people were detained this year for allegedly causing forest fires.
ECHR to discuss climate change and forest fires
On the other hand, it was reported that a group of young people in Portugal accused 32 countries in Europe of not fighting enough against climate change due to forest fires and filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
In the news in the Portuguese press, it was argued that the ECtHR will discuss the case next fall, and this will be an indicator of how important the issue of climate change is for human rights.