Kythira fire was this year’s most dev­as­tat­ing

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More than 2,300 hectares of land was burnt by the re­cent wild­fire that swept across much of the is­land of Kythira, ac­cord­ing to data col­lected by the FireHub radar sys­tem of the Na­tional Ob­ser­va­tory of Athens’s BE­YOND cen­ter, which mon­i­tors nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in South­east­ern Europe.

The blaze, which raged for roughly three days from last Fri­day to Mon­day, caused more de­struc­tion than any other fire in Greece this sum­mer.

Ac­cord­ing to the data, 47 per­cent of the area de­stroyed was shrub­land, 20 per­cent had sparse fo­liage, 26 per­cent was agri­cul­tural land while an­other 7 per­cent was spec­i­fied as cul­ti­vated farm­land.

The fire in the area of Kotrona in the Pelo­pon­nese in July was the se­cond most destruc­tive this year, burn­ing 1,850 hectares, while a blaze at Ka­lyvia, south­east of Athens, later last month razed 331.2 hectares. The fire on the Sa­ronic is­land of Spet­ses in early Au­gust claimed 77.2 hectares.

The ex­tent of the dam­age on Kythira led to a bar­rage of crit­i­cism against the govern­ment, with op­po­si­tion par­ties charg­ing there was poor co­or­di­na­tion and a lack of aerial sup­port.

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