Moinhos do Dão made it through last year without any damage from the fires that ripped through Central Portugal in the summer and fall. The fires destroyed more than half a million hectares of forest, agricultural lands, monocultures, 850 houses and 450 businesses…and left 104 people dead. It was really just luck that no fires made it to our part of the Dão valley. Some of you might remember the MdD had fires on its ‘doorstep’ in the past. It can happen anywhere. Many friends and colleagues were not as lucky—they lost their livelihood, homes and the forest around them.
We have started a Fire Prevention Campaign and you can read more about it here.