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Official Data Shows 75% of Greece's Wildfires Attributed to Arson and Negligence

Official data from Greece's Fire Service was brought into the spotlight by Greek daily Kathimerini on Wednesday, which revealed that one in two incidents of wildfires in Greece in 2018 were caused by deliberate acts of arson. This shocking revelation becomes...

Anger in Greece as Authorities Choose Not to Participate in Common EU Firefighting Force

Greek media revealed on Wednesday that Greece is notably absent from the newly-established ''RescEU'' initiative, a common European Union fleet dedicated to firefighting. The ''RescEU'' project aims to assist the national authorities in any EU member state when natural disasters, such...

''Smart'' Radar To Protect Thessaloniki's Sheikh Sou Forest from Wildfire

Local officials from Thessaloniki announced on Wednesday that they have selected two new methods to fight wildfires in the city's peri-urban forest of Sheikh Sou, or Cedar Hill, as it is officially known. The two methods include three radar dishes, which...

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...

Australian TV Hosts Documentary About Mati Wildfires (video)

Australian ABC's Foreign Correspondent featured the story of the disasterous fires on July 23 in Attica's Mati. As soon as firefighter Andreas Demetriou learned that the wildfires reached Mati, he rushed to find his family. What he saw was devastating. His...

Greece's Wildfires Death Count Rises to 99

A 26-year-old woman who was hospitalized in Athens' Evangelismos Hospital died earlier today, rising the number of victims from the worst wildfires in Greek history to 99.

New Heartbreaking Drone View of Greece's Wildfire Struck Region of Kineta (video)

The 23rd of July 2018 will be remembered for the devastating wildfires in Eastern Attica region and especially the seaside town of Mati, where dozens of innocent people died trying to escape from the fire. The very same day though,...

Fire Breaks Out on Corfu; Village of Rachtades Evacuated

 A sizable fire has ignited on the island of Corfu in an area dense with forest, and some population, according to reports. The outbreak of the fire was at the village of Rachtades, which was evacuated by the authorities. The...

Official Death Toll from Greek Fires Rises to 93

The official toll from wildfires in East Attica has reached 93, following the death on Thursday of a hospitalized victim. The latest fatality was a 78-year-old woman from Mati with chronic health issues who was in the intensive care unit...

Honorary Forest Ranger Betty White Makes Fire Prevention Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeFBTg7UPfs In the midst of one of the worst wildfire seasons in the US, especially in California, honorary forest ranger Betty White was recruited to make a video about fire safety and prevention. California Fire Prevention agencies made a series of...