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Greek PM Vows to Re-forest Greece After the Fires

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Twitter that Greece will re-forest the land destroyed by the fires taking place across Greece. Mitsotakis said in his post that "all burned areas will be considered re-forestable. We will change the way...

Four People Found Dead After Forest Fires Blaze Through Cyprus

At least four people have died after forest fires raged through Cyprus, razing large swathes of land around the cities of Larnaka and Limassol on Saturday. An estimated 55 square km, or over 13,000 acres, of land, as well as...

New Data Reveal Extent of Cretan Fires

An area of 1,534 hectares was burnt on Crete in 2018 by the fires that broke out on the island during the year. According to Greece’s Fire Brigade, 556 fires that burned farmland and forests were recorded on the island...

WWF Greece Calls on Citizens to Help Spread Forest Fire Awareness and Prevention

Following the dreary news from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) that forest fires in Greece has been dubbed the fifth worst year in a decade for 2016, the environmental conservation organization, WWF Greece, has called for action. At a...

Controversial New Austerity Law to Change Forest Maps Scrapped

Forest fires are not uncommon in Greece in great part due to the fact that in Greece if land is mapped as a forest zone, it is illegal to build. This has led many people to take matters into...

25% Less Fires in Greece in 2014

As summer is coming to an end, the first estimates of the Hellenic Fire Department (HFD) is that the number of forest fires in Greece this year fell sharply. Unlike previous summer periods, the measurable effects of fires in 2014...