Portugal has a very, very, very negligent forest policy. We had a dictatorship, some decades ago. However, that same dictator had some pretty good
ideas, regarding forest fires and its prevention.
Nowadays, everything is just left behind. No one cares about cleaning the undergrowth, having guards on the forests, using prisoners to clean those
some undergrowth (I believe some countries use that policy), removing resin from pine trees, avoiding the invasion of the eucalyptus, which destroys
our forests, etc. Instead, they just say "oh, it's Summer, and it's hot, so it's normal that we have these forest fires".
About the eucalyptus: Portugal has so many corrupt politicians, that there's a huge possibility that out Government approves a law, proposed by some
paper factory companies, which allows the "liberalization" of the eucalyptus on our forests. This will basically allow our forests to be destroyed.
This is no exaggeration at all.
About the fires on Madeira: well, the island suffers from the corrupt politicians' decision. Madeira's number 1 guy said the aerial support
couldn't be applied on Madeira, since the terrain is very sinuous. The next day, the president of the professional firefighters association denied
that, and said it would be possible, but the Madeira's president is not interested in avoiding problems like this. Actually, he doesn't give a damn
about nature. 2 years ago, huge floods occurred on Madeira, because they had the brilliant idea of narrowing the river canals, and constructing stuff
where they shouldn't have been constructed.
Needless to say that our forests are dying every year, and the politicians only care about the money from the huge companies. This is one of the
subjects that that disgusts me the most, since you can pretty much see everything getting destroyed, and no one stopping this.
In Portugal, you have a huge cement company destroying a natural park, by having a huge factory there. And with the approval of our previous
prime-minister, that was also a former environment minister.
What was green is now becoming dark and grey. Heartbreaking, to say the least.