Authorities reported Monday that firefighters are making progress against the massive fire that has been raging for two weeks in the Dadia National Park in northeastern Greece.
More than 81,000 hectares (200,155 acres) of the forested area, which was under the protection of the European agency Natura 2000, have already been destroyed by the fire in Dadia, which experts have classified as a “megafire.
The Dadia fire front is on its way to being completely under control, according to the most recent information from our firefighters, said government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis, who also noted that teams were remaining in place to survey the area.
According to the European climate service Copernicus, the destruction in Dadia represents nearly half of the total area burned by wildfires in Greece since the start of the summer.
According to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece experiences severe wildfires every summer, which this year claimed the lives of 26 people and burned at least 150,000 hectares of land. For farmers and residents in the affected areas whose homes had sustained damage, Mitsotakis promised compensation.
In order to assess the damage and meet with those impacted by the disaster, the prime minister will travel to the Evros region, which is home to the Dadia forest.
The government also unveiled plans last week to fight flooding and reforest the region. A government spokesperson stated, “After the extended risk of fires, the meteorological service has warned of serious bad weather that could hit our country in the coming days.”