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View from Space Shows Devastation of Greece’s Wildfires on Evia

ATHENS — The extent of wildfires that burned nearly half of the 1,422-square mile island of Evia – Greece's second-largest, 69 miles northeast of Athens – was shown in satellite images which revealed how widespread the destruction was.

Nearly 125,777 acres of forests were destroyed, as well as dozens of homes and businesses as firefighters scrambled to deal with the scope and scale even as hundreds of fires were burning elsewhere in the country.

The images of Evia were captured by the European Union’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite on August 1, before the wildfires began, and on August 11, said the site Gizmodo.

Over that 10-day period, thousands fled the island while countless others reportedly remained to fight the infernos that were largely blamed on climate change, along with a brutal heat wave, arson, uncleared brush and unlawful dumping.

Some 100,874 hectares (249,265 acres) of forest and olive farms were burned, according to the European Forest Fire Information System along with homes and businesses that were consumed.

Fires in2007 fires burned 370,000 acres and killed 67 people. Fires on July 23, 2018 killed 102 people. Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis became the first leader to prohibit development on burned land, which he said would be reforested, taking away incentives for arson and building.

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