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Government Minister Claims Arson is Behind Zakynthos Fires

While visiting Zakynthos island, Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis, who is also the local Parliament member, said of the multiple wildfires: "This is planned." The Civil Protection ministry mirrored this view, announcing an "arson destabilization attempt during the August Assumption Day...

Young Man Charged With Starting Fires in Attica

Greek authorities say a 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with starting 16 fires over the past five months. A Fire Service announcement says the man is accused of deliberately setting fire to forests, farmland and empty plots in...

Fire Brigade Operations Center Reports Increase of Arson Cases and Wildfires in 2016

There was a 22.8 pct increase in the number of forest fires that broke out in 2016 compared with the previous year causing a more devastating effect with the area of burnt land rising by 124.5 pct, the Fire...

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...

Two Arson Suspects Arrested as Greek Wildfires Spread

With more fires spreading out of control across Greece, a 24-year-old man who was reportedly upset he couldn't get a job as a firefighter was arrested and charged with arson for setting a devastating fire that wiped out much...

Greek Secret Service Will Probe Arson in Wildfires

With major wildfires raging for days across Greece, the country's Secret Service has been called in to investigate whether arson is involved. It's common in Greece for forested land to be deliberately burned so it can be developed. On the...

Fire on the Greek Island of Chios Threatens Villages, Homes

One of the largest fires of the summer broke out today on the Greek Island of Chios. The strong winds do not allow fire-planes to operate.  About 80 firefighters are on the scene trying to put out the fire...

Wildfires break out in Evia, Greece

Wild fires broke out at a mountainous area in the North part of Evia, Greece around 2 pm. Fire crews - backed by helicopters and five water-bombers - are trying to prevent the flames from spreading to the...