Thanks to this App, citizens are able to get real time perception of the wildfire risk for a specific area, receive tailored risk alerts and advise from the authorities. Moreover, the citizens can actively contribute to wildfire prevention reporting situations to the authorities and participating in the collective effort of decreasing wildfires in Portugal. Currently, about 9% of exports in Portugal come from economic activities related to forestry, and every year direct losses associated with fires go up to 250 million euros. FIRERISK will be a valuable tool not only to the citizens, but also to the public authorities and the private sector, and can contribute to protect forest natural resources and a decrease of CO2 released into the atmosphere as a result of fires.
Although FIRERISK will be initially designed and tested for Portugal, it may be adapted to other markets where forest fires are also a big public concern.
Wood Forest producers and related associations, public authorities and citizens in general