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Summer Has Come Early as Wildfires Rage Across Greece

Firefighters have been battling wildfires raging on many fronts throughout Greece since Saturday. It is the first outbreak of fires for the season, aided by strong winds and unseasonably high temperatures. The most serious front, according to the fire service is...

Greek Citizen Protection Minister Blames Arson for Zakynthos Wildfires

The recent wildfires on Zakynthos island were the work of arsonists, Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas said on Tuesday. Speaking on Real FM, Toskas said that the number of fires that broke out simultaneously in different parts of the...

Zakynthos Wildfires Raging on Seven Fronts for Second Day

A large wildfire with seven fronts is raging for a second day on Zakythos Island, in western Greece on Sunday, with no casualties reported so far, the Greek Fire Service said. The fire, which started on Saturday, has damaged at...

Drone Footage Captures Destruction Caused by Wildfires North of Athens

Harrowing drone footage has captured the devastating aftermath of the enormous wildfire in Greece that raged for three days before firefighters finally contained the flames on Wednesday. Dozens of houses and thousands hectares of forest land were destroyed by the...

Greek Government Asks EU for Help to Fight Wildfires

The Greek government has officially requested European civil protection assistance to help combat the forest fires raging near Athens, a spokesperson of the fire service, Stavroula Malliri told a press briefing. Due to the ferocity and the large scale of...

Tsipras Visits Fire-Stricken Areas of Eastern Attica

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the areas north of Athens that were severely damaged from the wildfire that was burning forest areas and houses for three days. Tsipras flew by helicopter over the fire-stricken areas and met with exhausted...

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...