More Than 160,000 Acres Burned as Greece Continues to Fight Fires

By Monday morning, more than 160,000 acres of land had been burned completely by fires in three different parts of Greece. These parts include the north of Evia, the north of Attica, and Laconia in the southern Peloponnese.

This was announced by the meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) on Sunday evening.

Evia Fires: The Largest Destruction in History of the Island

According to the NOA statement, the burned areas on the island of Evia cover more than 115,000 acres but this could very well change upwards as the fires on the island are still raging uncontrolled.

27,000 acres is the size of the destroyed land in Laconia, and 20,000 acres in northern Attica.

The NOA analyzed high-resolution satellite images that were released by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Additionally, and according to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) of the European Union, 38 percent of the burned land on Evia was forest, with 24 percent being other forms of natural areas with vegetation other than forests.

Both in Attica and in Laconia, 7 percent of the areas that were burned were forests.

Neither the EFFIS nor the NOA specifies what the remaining areas were, but from the pictures we have seen, we assume that they probably were farms and grasslands.

The situation in Evia continues to be critical

The situation remains difficult on the Greek island of Evia, as small and large active fire fronts remain active in many parts of the north.

The entire northern half of the island continues to be covered by thick smoke, making breathing extremely difficult in many areas of the island.

Additionally, gas stations run low on gas, making driving in the area extremely difficult for many.

The villages of Kamatriades and Galatsades are the main areas where firefighters focus on Monday, with the assistance of aircraft and helicopters.

The Fire brigade worries that if the fire gets out of control there, will then pass into a densely forested area, which will make the situation much more difficult, putting the town of Aidipsos in danger.

In the southern front of the fire, the main effort of the Fire Brigade is to stop the fire from spreading to mount Kantili.

Most of northern Evia remains without power as the damages to the grid are extended. Specialized crews from other parts of the country have rushed to the area to fix these issues and bring the power back to the island.

Greece Fires: Plane Crashed on Zakynthos

A fire-fighting plane crashed in Greece while battling a blaze on the Ionian Sea island of Zakynthos on Sunday. The pilot was rescued from the crash by firefighters at the scene and is in good health.

The plane was sent with another fighter jet to help fend off the fire front in Zakynthos. 24 firefighters with seven vehicles are currently working in the area. The General Staff of Aviation released a statement on the crash:

“In the afternoon of Sunday, August 8, 2021, a PZL aircraft from the Ladder of the 359th Air Service Squadron of Public Services in Kefalonia, crashed during aerial firefighting in the area of ​​Macherado, Zakynthos. The pilot is in good health, while a Super Puma helicopter transports him, for precautionary reasons, to the 251st General Aviation Hospital. The causes of the accident are being investigated.”


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