As forest fires continue to spread across Europe, Greece is experiencing its worst wildfire season in three decades. Following the spread of more than 400 forest fires since Saturday, August 7, France and the United States have pledged to send aerial means to fight the fires in the country.
Canadair and Boeing planes deployed
On Saturday August 7, the Twitter account of French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “France supports Greece, which is suffering greatly from catastrophic fires. After discussion with the [Greek] Prime Minister, 3 Canadairs and 80 French firefighters and rescuers were deployed to Greece with emergency procedures. Solidarity, as Europeans, always.
Likewise, the US Embassy in Athens confirmed on Friday August 6 that US naval forces will provide a Boeing P-8 aerial reconnaissance aircraft.
While the UK has not committed any firefighting planes, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: ‘We are sending a team of experienced firefighters to support the Greek firefighters who are currently battling the huge fires. When I visited my Greek counterpart earlier this week, I saw the devastating effect of the fires. The UK is by your side.
Several countries are experiencing unprecedented forest fires, including Italy and Turkey, Spain, Ukraine and Iran devoting vital resources to them.