Case Study

Caramulo Forest Fires

120 Minutes

Isabel Monteiro, IPMA
Carla Barroso, IPMA

Catastrophic Forest Fires in Caramulo Mountains

Published: 25 June 2015

From 20 August to 2 September 2013 the Caramulo Mountains in central Portugal experienced a series of three large and devastating forest fire events that caused a total burned area of about 9415.5 ha and 6 casualties. The Caramulo fires had overwhelming ecological, social and economic consequences that will be felt for several years. They were the result of a complex combination of variables from human factors to adverse meteorological and topographic conditions. This case study will address these variables of the Caramulo fires, which lead to environmental disaster.

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forest fires, Portugal, fire detection, fire monitoring, pre-conditions to fire