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Number of wildfires in Greece 22% higher since start of 2024

Greece experienced 3,543 wildfires between January 1 and May 1, a rise of 22% compared to last year’s 2,907 blazes, according to the Fire Service, which is bracing for a very difficult fire season. What is causing particular alarm is that “some of these fires displayed characteristics similar to blazes …

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Wildfire on Paros island: Residents ordered to evacuate (video)

A wildfire broke out on the island of Paros on Monday and thus near the area of Pyrgaki. Strong winds blowing in the area with intensity of up to 8 Beaufort make the work of firefighter to extinguish the blaze extremely difficult. Video: As the fire front is moving towards …

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Rodos Week: Greece compensates tourists forced to flee Rhodes wildfires in 2023

Greece has launched a “free” holidays program “Rodos Week” for tourists who were forced to flee the island of Rhodes due to the wildfires in July 2023. The country fulfills its promises to tourists with vouchers up to 500 euros and for a week-long holiday in two available periods, that …

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Wildfire in south Crete contained; suspect arrested

The wildfire in Mavros Kolymbos in Lasithi, southern Greece, has been contained the fire brigade announced on Sunday. Α 35-year-old suspect for arson has been arrested. Fire fighting forces remain in the area. rsSatellite pictures of the burned area at 12:05 p.m. April 7, 2024posted by Remote Sensing Lab rslab.gr …

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Pierian Mountains: Wildfire ranges out of control for 3. consecutive day (videos)

For third consecutive day a wildfire is raging on the Pierian Mountains in the north-west of Olympus mountain. The fire front is out of control and threatens the mountaineering club and a wildlife shelter in Sarakatsana area, and is moving towards Kozani. Video: How the fire smoke spreads beyond the …

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Wildfire rages uncontrollable in south Evia (videos)

A large wild fire has been raging out of control in Karystos, south Evia, forcing residents of villages to evacuation. The fire has broken out near the residential are in Amygdalia by Karystos on Saturday noon, at a time when very strong winds were blowing with intensity of 8 to …

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Mitsotakis: “Counterbalance” to wildfires damages “is good economy performance”

Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis unpleasantly surprised with a statement massively lacking empathy and suggesting that the only thing that can “counterbalance” sombre mood in Greece due to extensive wildfires damages is the “good performance of economy.” While the wildfire in Evros, NE Greece, keeps raging for almost two weeks, …

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ΕU’s Emergency Response to tackle biggest wildfire in Greece

Τo tackle the biggest wildfires ever recorded in the EU, the Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre – rescEU – has mobilized 11 firefighting planes and 1 helicopter from the rescEU reserve, stationed in 6 Member States. In addition, 6 European countries have contributed with 6 ground forest fire fighting teams …

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More than 120,000 hectares burned in 2023 Greece wildfires

More than 120,000 hectares of land have burned across Greece in 2023 up until Wednesday according to the National Observatory of Athens’ Meteo.gr. At the same time, the European Observatory of Forest Fires noted the 2023 Greece wildfires’ burned land area is three times larger than the average annually burned …

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Shepherd dies in Viotia wildfire; evacuations ordered

A shepherd was found dead in his sheepfold following the wildfire in Viotia prefecture, northwest of the Greek capital Athens. The 80-year-old man was reportedly trying to rescue his animals from the flames. According to first estimations, the shepherd’s death is attributed to inhalation of fire smoke. The wildfire broke …

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Wildfire raging in NE Greece; Egnatia highway partly closed; evacuations (videos)

A wildfire is raging out of control in a forest area in Melia, Alexandroupolis North-East Greece.The fire broke out earlier on Saturday and has forced the evacuation of seven villages as well as the closure of parts of Egnatia highway as strong winds are pushing the flames to the south. …

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Wildfires on Crete partly under control (video)

Firefighters were still trying to put out a fire on Wednesday evening that broke out in the afternoon between the villages of Venerato and Kiparissi in Heraklio  prefecture on the island of Crete. The fire started burning low brush in an area called Sinapi. A total of 13 firefighters with …

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Wildfire in Kefalonia largely under control

Dozens of firefighter and several aerial means are still struggling on Monday against the wildfire on the island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. The wildfire broke out around 9 o’ clock on Sunday evening in an area of mixed farmland and forest in Aghia Irini. No residential areas are …

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Wildfire in Karystos, south Evia; 2nd fire caused by power cable (video)

A wildfire broke out in a remote forest area at Melissonas, in Karystos, south Evia island, on Friday afternoon. The fire broke out in a ravine where firefighters do not have easy access and it is burning a forest in Rouklia area of Agios Dimitrios in Karystos Municipality. According to …

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