Fires in Greece

Fires in Greece

23 August 2009

Dozens of wildfires broke out across Greece. A large wildfire raged out of control on the outskirts of Athens on Saturday, burning several homes and thousands of acres of forest.

Greek authorities declared a state of emergency after the fire, which broke out late Friday in the village of Grammatiko, about 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the Greek capital, spread to neighboring villages and threatened Athens’ northern suburbs.

The fires north of Athens were reported in an area more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) wide, and forced authorities to evacuate two large children’s hospitals, camp sites, villages and outlying suburban areas threatened by blazes that sent huge clouds of smoke over the capital and scattered ash on city streets.

Satellite images of MODIS show large smoke plumes on 21 – 23 August 2009:

21 August 2009

22 August 2009

23 August 2009

The large images provided above are at spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: MODIS)

The current situation in Greece is covered by a number of detailed reports (see GFMC Media web page):

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