European Forest Fire Information System: latest figures for forest fires in Greece
According to the European Commission's European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), 183 987 hectares were burnt in Greece between 24 and 26 August, during the major forest fires that have ravaged that country. This brings the provisional figure to this point in the 2007 forest fire season in Greece to 268 834 hectares. The concentration of damage in the Peloponnese coincides with the fire danger maps produced by EFFIS Fire Danger system that shows the Peloponnese as being the area of Greece with highest meteorological fire risk. However, the forecasts for the coming days show that the fire risk in Greece in general and the Peloponnese in particular will reduce.
This information comes from the EFFIS Rapid Damage Assessment and Fire Danger Systems and Fire Weather Index, managed by the European Commission's in-house scientific service, the Joint Research Centre.
Satellite pictures depicting the fire damage and graphs with fire forecasts up to 30 August are available from Antonia.Mochan@ec.europa.eu.