Are the fires in Greece intentional?

Are the fires in Greece arson?

Greece’s wildfires come in the wake of a heat wave — the country’s most severe in about three decades — that left shrubland and forests parched. The causes of the fires have not been officially established, although more than a dozen people have been arrested on suspicion of arson.

What is causing the wildfires in Greece?

After the second world war, Greece’s countryside experienced two debilitating human surges – an exodus of villagers, then a most peculiar human invasion of its fringes.

Is Greece burning?

For a third week wildfires are burning in Greece and there seems to be no end in sight for this summer of disaster. Attica is ablaze once again, this time in the southeast, and fires are burning near Sounio and northwest of Athens at Vilia. Firefighters are up against a 20km fire front.

Which Greek islands are on fire?

Wildfires since July have ravaged the islands of Evia and Rhodes as well as forests to the north and southeast of Athens, and parts of the Peloponnese peninsula. Three people have died as a result of the fires. The government has blamed the disaster on the worst heatwave the country has seen in decades.

How hot is Greek fire?

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Are there fires in Kalamata?

There are currently major fires in Evia and many areas of Peloponesse like Olympia, Zaharo, Mani, Kalamata, Corinth. Islands and the centre of Athens have not been affected by fires.

Are there forests in Greece?

FAO, 30.3% or about 3,903,000 ha of Greece is forested, according to FAO. Greece had 140,000 ha of planted forest. Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2010, Greece lost an average of 30,200 ha or 0.92% per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Greece gained 18.3% of its forest cover, or around 604,000 ha.

Which country has the most wildfires?

Throughout 2020, Brazil reported approximately 223 thousand wildfire outbreaks, by far the highest figure in South America. Argentina registered the second largest number of wildfires in the region that year, at over 74 thousand.