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PORTUGAL: Douro Interior – Intervention in Forest Fire

1 September 2011 No Comment

With a quick response and always committed to the values ​​of social and environmental sustainability, on the 17th of this month, Mota-Engil Engenharia helped the fire brigade who fought a fire that flared up in Pinhal Norte, Carrazeda de Ansiães, near the work of Lot 6, of the Douro Interior sub-concession. In order to help the firefighters, the work team has transferred the water tanks available and a long reach excavator to the fire area. According to the Civil Protection National Authority (ANPC), the fire had two active fronts in areas of scrub and pine forest, but two hours later the fire remained only in the scrub front. This early intervention has helped to control one of the active fronts, avoiding the destruction of acres of pine forest and agricultural areas, these being often the sole sustenance of local populations. According to ANPC, 76 operators helped to extinguish the fire, aided by 24 operational vehicles, two water bombers and a firefighting helicopter.