|Source: Melanie Maps/EPA/Lusa|
On wednesday night, the sky was a horrible colour, with a sinister grey tint from the clouds of smoke which stretched as far as the eye can see. The next morning, things had only gotten worse after the strong winds of the night before and we woke to smokey clouds and ash falling like drizzle on both sides. Now the fire was spreading south and west towards the town of Sao Bras. They bought in more firefighters and units from the army, with more than 700 hundred men, over 150 vehicles and several planes, they were still unable to get it under control. People had to be evacuated from their homes.
Finally on saturday afternoon, they managed to dominate the fire and now have it under control. So what now? They are investigating the source of the fire as many of the fires this week have been caused by arson. But the cost of the damage to our beautiful area is uncountable and means huge losses for many whose lives depend on the Serra and its land, not to mention the animals lost. Miles of eucaplytus, olives, vineyards etc, all gone, to take years to regenerate.
And now all the 'officials' can do is blame each other for why it took so long to get under control. This drives me crazy, this blame policy. Everyone wants to look like the hero, but there are no heroes in this story and blaming the others is of no use, the damage is done. Now is the time to start the repairs not to argue.