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  1. “More than 670,000 acres (270,000 hectares) of farmland, homes, and protected forests were charred over the summer, the European Forest Fire Information System reports.”

    You need to convert that into the BBC approved unit of area the ‘Wales’.

    Do the Greek anti-smokers regal you every year with the number of fires caused by discarded cigarettes? In Germany they banned smoking in woods years ago, decades even. Mind you German smokers take no notice…there’s something deep in the Germanic soul that the moment they enter a dark, Grimmesque, pine forest they revert to being teutonic tribesmen, very rebellious towards authority.

    • “More than 670,000 acres (270,000 hectares) of farmland, homes, and protected forests were charred over the summer, which is an area nearly a tenth of the size of Wales, or 270,000 football pitches the European Forest Fire Information System reports.”

      Ok, I do realise that the Brits have their own imperial system, which includes the unit of ‘Wales’, along with ‘Double Decker Buses’ and ‘Football Pitches’, but I’ve become somewhat metricated over the years. However, I’ve amended the above into an easily understood measurement.

      There is the odd report that the fire may have started as the result of a carelessly discarded cigarette, but no heavies. The authorities do ask people to be careful with cigarette ends in the summer, but that’s about it.

  2. Wow! Here in Ireland we got plenty of coverage about such fires in Portugal over the summer but I don’t remember hearing anything about Greece. We had major flooding in the North-East here last night with a month’s rain falling in a few hours. Outdoor fires here wouldn’t stand much of a chance in this rain-swept land.

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