The Land Of Fire - Daniel Santos Photography

THE LAND OF FIRE


About The Project

Every year Portugal is devoured by thousands of wildfires. In average, between 2007 and 2016, 3662 fires occurred each year, corresponding to 84671 ha of burned area. In 2017 alone more than 440 000 ha of forest, shrubland and villages were destroyed by fires, which corresponds to 4 times more than what was registered in the last 10 years (an increase of 428%). In just one single day (October 15th) more than 500 fires were recorded! As a result of all these wildfires, every year a countless number of animals, plants and other organisms disappear and many habitats are completely destroyed. Read more about this here.

This project (still being developed) came up with the need to inform people to the damages that wildfires are responsible to the biodiversity of Portugal. Many of these fires are due to human interference, meaning that most of them can be avoid if people take the necessary precautions. However, it is important to recognise that eucalyptus forests (introduced in Portugal for the paper industry) play a big and crucial role feeding wildfires, which become massive in size and intensity. In reality, many of the fires just start because of the extremely  inflammable characteristic of the eucalyptus.



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