Wildfire in Evia, Greece

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Published on 12 August 2021

According to the data of the Rapid mapping module of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS), 50,910 ha of vegetation were destroyed by the fire that broke out on 4 August.

In spite of the relentless work of thousands of firefighters, while thousands of residents were evacuated, the fire was only partially contained after seven days. The situation has improved, also due to torrential rains that supported the fire-fighting activities. However, several lightning strikes have triggered new fires, which are also being contained.

These images, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 1 August and 11 August 2021, provide a view of the burnt area resulting from the devastating wildfire that hit the Greek island of Evia.

According to EFFIS, the European Forest Fire Information System, the risk of new fires in the coming days remains at “extreme danger” or “very extreme danger levels” for the area.

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