Between 2018-2022, Portugal managed to avoid disaster

  • Reduction in the number of fatalities in fires 

 Zero direct civilian fatalities in fires

Result of working closely with the population to:

  • Ensure timely warning in case of danger
  • Ensure routine evacuation on time
  • Keeping traffic routes clear
  • Involve landowners in clearing vegetation around their homes
  • Ensure that self-protection measures are known in the event of a fire


  • Halving the number of fires, including on the days of worst weather

Comparing the periods 2007-2017 and 2018-2022:

  • The total number of fires halved
  • A trend towards reduction of the average number of fires on days of greater danger


  • Decrease in fires due to fire use in the summer months 

After 2017, there was a significant decrease in the number of fires due to fire use in the summer months, with accidental causes being those that decreased the least. In these months, arsonism became the main cause.


  • Significant reduction of fires over 500/1000 ha 

The largest fires have been reduced since 2017. With more than 1000 ha, there were on average 19, and in recent years there have been, on average, 8.


  • 1/3 of the historical average area burned 

Between 2018 and 2022, the top 5 consecutive years, the average was 3 times lower than between 2001 and 2017.


  • Reinforcement of human, material and financial resources 

Between 2017-2021:

  • Increase of 23% in human resources, 28% in land resources and 23% in air resources
  • Increased investment in prevention, with a better balance between prevention and suppression
  • Doubling of total investment
  • Quintupled investment in prevention


  • Monitoring of the National Programme of Action 2020-2030 

Identify goals, size 97 projects, estimate budgets and clarify the distribution of responsibilities, with 7000 M€ of the budget until 2030.