Forest Fire (1752 ha) in Greece 26 Jul 2021

Event summary

This forest fire can have a low humanitarian impact based on the and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID WF 1001294
Countries: Greece
Start Date - Last detection*: 26 Jul 2021 - 02 Aug 2021
Duration (days): 7
People affected: 71 in the burned area
Burned area: 1752 ha
More Info: Global Wildfire Information System

*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)


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Greece - Forest fire (ECHO 04 Aug 2021)Wed, 04 Aug 2021 16:00

  • A significant fire has been burning across the northern suburbs of Athens close to Mount Parnitha since 3 August. Greek Civil Protection authorities report 81 forest fires in the country over the past 24 hours.
  • According to media reports, hundreds of people have been displaced and dozens of homes destroyed. National authorities have deployed 520 firefighters, 150 vehicles, 9 helicopters and 7 aircraft to battle the fire.
  • On 3 August, Greece requested two aerial forest firefighting modules (4 Canadair aircraft) and four ground forest firefighting teams through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. On 4 August, Cyprus offered 1 ground forest fighting team of 40 firefighters and 2 air tractors. Sweden has offered 2 airtractors fireboss from the rescEU fleet. The European Commission is coordinating and cofinancing the deployment of these EU assets.
  • The EU's Copernicus emergency satellite mapping service was activated on 4 August to support damage assessments in Attika and the island of Evia ().
  • According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), the fire risk will remain extreme to very extreme over the affected area.


Forest fire in Greece - Copernicus EMS activation (EMSR526)Mon, 02 Aug 2021 15:27

EMSR526: Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EMSR (2), (2), EC-JRC (27), WMO (1), INFORM (2), JRC (1),