During his visit to the Paredão Mount yesterday to see the new Forest Fire Detection System, the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque confirmed that five new surveillance cameras will be installed in high-risk areas throughout the region. Each camera has approximately a 5 km range and can detect fire through infrared, heat and optics. Once established they will cover about 50% of Madeira’s forest area.
This forest fire prevention project has been on trial for the past four months and has proven that it not only can cope with Madeira’s topography but that it will be an invaluable forest fire prevention and detection tool.
The project has cost in the around €700,000, and the system should be up and running in the next six to seven months.