Greece’s fires burnt 23,500 hectares of forest this so-called “fire season”, that is between May and September 2017.
On the island of Zakynthos alone, more than 80 wildfires took place!The number of burned hectares is slightly lower than the annual average of 27,500,
,over the past decade, according to an estimate from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) made public by the Greek branch of the World Wildlife Fund on Monday.The southern island of Kythira, Kalamos, a coastal resort area northeast of Athens, eastern Mani in the Peloponnese, and the holiday island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea were most badly affected by fires this summer. Although suggesting that the vast majority of fires in Europe are caused by people,
EFFIS warned that the hot and dry conditions induced by climate change result in more severe blazes and a higher frequency of small fires growing to become uncontrollable.