JRC News

  1. 20 Jul 2015

    The severe forest fires that took hold in Greece on 17 July have been brought mostly under control following the EU’s immediate response to Greece’s activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on Friday afternoon.

  2. 27 Aug 2014

    The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) is actively helping the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) monitor two forest fires currently raging in Greece. It forecasts that the fire danger will remain very high for the next two days, reaching extreme values by tomorrow, Thursday 28 August, but will decrease thereafter.

  3. 23 Jun 2014

    The European Fire Database is an important component of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), the focal point of information on forest fires in Europe established by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate General for Environment. Containing over 2.3 million individual fire event records, it is the largest repository of information on individual fire events in Europe.  

  4. 18 Jun 2013

    An article on the main causes of forest fires in Europe, co-authored by scientists from the JRC and IRSTEA (French national research Institute of S&T for environment and agriculture), has been recently published in the Environmental Management journal. The article analyses the factors driving forest fire ignition in the EU Mediterranean region, where most (85%) of European forest fires are recorded.

  5. 10 Aug 2009

    Estimates from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) show that 200,000 hectares of land in the EU have already burnt in 2009, compared to a total of 180,000 in 2008. EFFIS continuously monitors the forest fire risk, which at present is still high, and has just released the 'Forest Fires in Europe 2008' report providing a comprehensive overview of the forest fire danger conditions and impact of forest fires in Europe for 2008.