Wildfires across southern Europe amid scorching heatwave – in pictures

Extreme weather across southern Europe has spawned and fanned numerous wildfires, including at the beach resort of Kalamos near Athens and in central Portugal.

Generally, there is a very well documented scientific evidence that climate change has been increasing the length of the fire season, the size of the area burned each year and the number of wildfires. Wildfires are typically either started accidentally by humans – such as a burning cigarette carelessly tossed out of a window – or by natural causes like lightning.

Flames and smoke plumes ascend from Kalamos, seen from the island of Evia, opposite

Especially, here in Greece, the situation is very serious.  The fire started in Kalamos, a coastal holiday spot some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of the Athens, and has spread to three more towns, damaging dozens of homes and burning thousands of hectares of pine forest. A state of emergency has been declared in the area.

Also, across Greece, firefighters were battling more than 55 forest fires, an outbreak fed by dry winds and hot weather that fanned blazes in the Peloponnese and on the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia.

Here, there are some pictures of the fires in Greece, but also in Portugal: https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/aug/15/wildfires-across-southern-european-amid-scorching-heatwave-in-pictures




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