10% of Greece destroyed by wildfires over 25 year period

July 23, 2011 –  GREECE – Forest fires have devastated more than 10 percent of Greek territory in a 25-year period, mostly in the southern Peloponnese peninsula, a report published Thursday said. The total area destroyed from 1983 to 2008 amounted to some 1.3 million hectares (3.2 million acres), said the report by the Greek institute of agricultural research (Ethiage) and the Greek office of WWF. “On an annual basis there have been 1,465 forest fires, which burned 52,000 hectares of forest and farm land,” said the report published by the Athens press agency. The most affected region has been the Peloponnese where 19 percent of the fires took place, destroying 27 percent of forests and farm land there. The cause of most of the fires was not clear. About 11 percent were the result of arson and about nine percent were triggered by fires farmers lit to clear their properties. The majority of the fires were in the month of August, spread by wind from the north during this time of year, but the most devastating month was July, the hottest period of the year on average. –Terra Earth
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3 Responses to 10% of Greece destroyed by wildfires over 25 year period

  1. alvaro says:

    Greece? what about portugal? in a country where firefighters get paid by the amount of hectares that are burnt, there’s nothing we can do…here people make money out of fires, so until this is stopped, they will continue, and amazing ancient forests will burn. Its all non-sense. we keep talking, but the world keeps spinning and evil is gaining space while we sit and do nothing….


  2. Bone Idle says:

    Fires regenerate the countryside.

    The Australian Aboriginals in the days before white settlement would always set fires to regenerate new growth.


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