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 31 oct 2019 18:30 

More countries than ever hit by forest fires in 2018


Today, the European Commission published the 2018 edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. According to the report, wildfires destroyed nearly 178 000 hectares (ha) of forests and land in the EU last year.

While this is less than one sixth of the area burnt in 2017, and less than the long-term average, more countries than ever before suffered from large fires. The highest numbers of fires of 30 ha or larger were mapped by the European Forest Fire Information System in Italy(147 fires, 14 649 ha burned), Spain(104 fires, 12 793 ha burned), Portugal(86 fires, 37 357 ha burned),the UK(79 fires, 18 032 ha burned)andSweden(74 fires, 21 605 ha burned) during last year. In 2018, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated five times to respond to forest fires in Europe: in Sweden, Greece, Latvia and Portugal. Furthermore, in March 2019, the EU upgraded the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and launched rescEU to improve the protection of citizens from disasters and the management of emerging risks in Europe and beyond. The 2018 edition of the Annual Report on Forest Fires also notes that in 2019 the fire season started early, because of dry and windy conditions, with high temperatures. Already by March this year, the number of fires was higher than the average for the whole year in the last decade, with numerous fires in mountain regions and critical fires in the Danube delta.

More information is available in this press release.



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