“This measure stems from the activation of the special red-level alert state - of the Integrated Protection and Rescue Operations System - for the Special Fire Fighting Device (which represents the maximum level of readiness and mobilisation of structures, forces and fire units) in some areas of mainland Portugal”, explained ANEPC in a statement.

The written text message – in Portuguese and English, at no cost to users – warns against using fire in rural and forest areas and to comply with the recommendations of the authorities.