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NATO Firefighting Aircraft Arrive in Greece to Fight Wildfires

NATO sent firefighting aircraft and helicopters to Greece to help the country battle wildfires, the alliance said on Friday. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) said it is supporting Greece's firefighting efforts for the eleventh consecutive year. "Upon request of...

Fires Shaped the Landscape of Ancient Greece

Fires shaped much of the landscape in ancient Greece, set mostly by invaders in pre-classical times. Fires were also sometimes set by Greeks themselves. According to an article written by L.G. Liacos entitled "Present Studies and History of Burning in...

Suspected Arsonist Caught on Camera in Penteli Fire Near Athens

An arson suspect was caught on camera on Thursday in relation to the fire that broke out on the densely-forested Mt Penteli just outside of Athens, Greece on Tuesday. According to the Greek television network Alpha, locals saw a man...

Two Dead After Helicopter Crash in Samos, Greece

A total of two people passed away in a helicopter crash off the island of Samos in Greece on Wednesday. Rescue crews found four people—two survivors and two people who passed away—whose helicopter crashed into the sea off the island...

Climate Change: Wildfire Risk Has Grown Everywhere

As climate change makes hot and dry conditions—often termed “fire weather”—more common and severe, vegetation dries out and landscapes become more flammable, pushing up the odds of dangerous wildfires. By Stefan H Doerr, Cristina Santín, John Abatzoglou, Pep Canadell and Matthew William Jones Humans...

EU Firefighters Arrive in Greece for Summer Mission

Greece welcomed on Friday the first contingent of a total of 200 EU firefighters who started their mission to assist the work of their Greek colleagues during the summer firefighting season. The Romanian contingent, which was the first foreign unit...

Fire on Mount Athos, Monasteries Safe

A fire has broken out on the holy site of Mt Athos in Greece on Saturday, but the monasteries the region is famous for are not at risk. The fire has been raging in a forested area of Mt Athos,...

157 Forest Fires Broke Out in Greece in Three Days

A total of 157 forest fires were recorded in Greece over the last three days with 54 of them breaking out in the last 24 hours, said Giannis Artopios, the Fire Brigade's spokesperson, at a press briefing on Monday. The...

Greece Braces for First Heatwave of Summer

Greece is bracing for the first heatwave of the summer season with meteorologists warning that, starting on Wednesday, temperatures in several parts of Greece will climb up to 37C (98.6F). The temperature in Evros will rise to 34C while in...

Greece Braces for Fire Season Hoping to Prevent Repeat of 2021 Disaster

Greece is bracing for the fire season hoping to avoid a repeat of 2021 when it was hit by some of the most devastating fires in recent history in the northern part of Evia island and West Attica. The new...