More photos of the fires above Ponta do Sol are becoming available – the first one courtesy of FN, the second from the Journal website overnight. The fires, in common with recent outbreaks around Machico and other parts of the island, are located in inaccessible areas.
Press agency Lusa reported in the early hours of this morning that “firefighters from four local authorities in Madeira are fighting a forest fire that began in Ribeira da Tabua, in the Ribeira Brava county, and spread to the Paúl da Serra mountains”, a local fire brigade source said.
According to the same source, “the fire is in the forest and does not threaten houses”. Firefighters from Ribeira Brava, Calheta, Volunteers Madeirenses and Sapadores of Funchal were tackling the blaze overnight (00:30), with a total of more than a dozen vehicles and around 30 firefighters. Ribeira Brava has sent five vehicles and fourteen firefighters, supported by two cars and four firefighters from Calheta. Funchal sent two heavy vehicles and seven firemen
This fire began at dawn on Wednesday and was considered to be waning at the end of the afternoon, according to information from the regional health secretariat of Madeira, which oversees the Regional Civil Protection Service of the archipelago, but eventually spread to the area of Paúl da Serra, in Bica da Cana.
The Diario is reporting on Thursday morning that the Encumeada – Paul da Serra road has been closed as a precaution. Later it reported that firefighters were struggling to contain it in strong winds, however it was approaching an abyss, which would make it easier to control.
There is a video shared on our Facebook page (link below)
18.00: The fires continue, but as forecast above the terrain itself will stop further progress if wind conditions remain the same. Fingers crossed.