Record of fires in the European Union. From 1 January to today, the fires have enveloped an area of 600 thousand hectares, more thanwhole Liguria (542 thousand hectares). The figure is almost the quadruple compared to the average of last 16 yearswhich in the same time span is equal to 158 thousand hectares. The data is provided by the European Forest Fire Information System (Effis) of the European Commission.
Also record is the number of large fires (over 30 hectares) in the EU: since the beginning of the year there have been 2,144, compared to an average of 493 between 2006 and 2021. In Italy so far 37 thousand hectares have been burned (34 thousand the average ) in 319 large fires (143 the average).
According to the previous monitoring, relating to 16 July, in the Member States they went up in flames as a whole 346 thousand hectares of wooded areasan area larger than the whole Valle d’Aosta (326 thousand hectares). The burned area is three times the average of the last 16 years, which in the same time span is equal to 110,350 hectares. The picture emerges from an analysis of the data provided by the European Forest Fire Information System (Effis) of the European Commission. The number of major fires (over 30 hectares) since the beginning of the year stands at 1,756, almost four times the average of 470 from 2006 to 2021.
Among the 27 EU countries, the most affected was the Romania, with 149,000 hectares going up in smoke since the beginning of the year due to 735 major fires: the highest figures recorded in the last 16 years. Unprecedented numbers also in other Eastern European states: Croatia (28 thousand hectares burned in 134 fires), Bulgaria (7,735 hectares in 50 fires) e Hungary (5,877 hectares in 44 fires). Record also in Slovakia, albeit with just 275 hectares involved in the flames. In Italy, 22,930 hectares were burned from 1 January to 16 July, a figure that is not a record but significantly higher than the 2006-2021 average, which is equal to 14,061 hectares in the same period of time. Fires so far stand at 204, compared to an average of 99 in the past 16 years. In Spain, the flames burned nearly 93,000 hectares, four times the average, with 277 fires recorded. Portugal (almost 28,000 hectares in 126 fires) and France (26,000 hectares in 221 fires) are also above average. In Greece, hit hard by the fires in 2021, this year so far the hectares burned are just over 4 thousand, a figure below the average of the last 16 years.