Attica fires burnt 16 pct of prefecture’s forests

A 16 pct of forests in Attica prefecture were burnt during the recent wildfires at the areas of Keratea, Schino, Varybobi and Vilia, said the National Observatory of Athens and its Meteo service on Thursday.

Fires in Attica burned a surface area total of 24,000 hectares (240,000 stremmas), of which 18,600 hectares (186,000 stremmas) were forests. The data was gleaned from the European Union’s Corine database, compared to current satellite images.