A total of 594 fires broke out in Greece in 10 days, under heatwave conditions and with high-velocity winds, Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Wednesday.
Of the 594 fires, 571 were put out before they spread. Five of them spread extensively to Dervenochoria, Corfu, Rhodes, Loutraki, Kouvaras, Egio, Karystos, Laconia, and Boeotia (Viotia).
On Rhodes in particular, there are 266 firefighters with 55 fire trucks on the ground and 25 aircraft in total.
Kikilias said that the climate crisis will create more conditions that result in fires, and this battle will continue all summer long. “The fires that burn down forests and homes every year do not start spontaneously. It is human beings who set fires, whether by negligence or intention. We all need to be very careful and aware,” he added.