Forest fires: EU calls for more civil protection powers

More than 2250 forest fires were recorded by the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) in the EU between January and mid-August 2022. Almost twice as many as in the entire past year and an increase of about 230 percent compared to the annual average of the last decade. Around 660,000 hectares of land have already burned – a new record, and this even before the end of the forest fire season.

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