EU hit by 1,381 wildfires so far in 2019 — risk higher in areas with heatwave
Nearly 1,400 fires have hit Europe so far this year compared to an annual average of 174 in the same period over the past ten years, data from the Copernicus programme has shown.
This has resulted in a near five-fold increase in burnt areas.
According to Copernicus' European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), blazes have so far this year burnt 207,440 hectares. In the decade from 2008-2018, an average of 44,491 hectares had burnt by June 25 every year.