Percorso:ANSA > Nuova Europa > News > Greek firefighters in uphill battle to save natural park

Greek firefighters in uphill battle to save natural park

Some villages in the area have been evacuated

25 July, 18:53
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, JUL 25 - Greek firefighters on Monday battled a raging fire threatening the Dadia National Park, known for its black vulture colony, as the country scorched under a blistering heatwave. The Mediterranean country is reeling under a heatwave that began on Saturday and is expected to last 10 days. Temperatures were set to rise to 42 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit) in some regions and the country is battling three major wildfires. Scientists say human-induced climate change is amplifying extreme weather -- including the heatwaves, droughts and floods seen in several parts of the planet in recent weeks -- and say these events will become more frequent and more intense. On Monday, 320 firefighters, two water-bombing planes and four helicopters were deployed to contain the fire at the Dadia park, which broke out on Thursday. Some villages in the area have been evacuated. The flames have already destroyed nearly 500 hectares (1,220 acres) of woodland. Dadia is one of the most important protected areas in Europe, offers ideal habitat for rare birds and is home to the only breeding population of black vultures in the Balkans. It hosts three out of the four vulture species of Europe -- the black vulture, the griffon vulture and the Egyptian vulture -- and 36 of Europe's 38 species of raptors. (ANSA-AFP).

© Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved