The mobilization of the authorities as a result of the fire that broke out in Ancient Olympia was enormous, in an attempt to curb the spread of the fire element to the archaeological site. However, it appears that the wider area of the area has been severely damaged.
The European Copernicus system has completed a record of the damage caused by fire that raged for several days in Ancient Olympia. According to published data, about 73 thousand hectares of land were burned as a result of the fire, 16 567 people were injured, and 1466 houses were damaged.
A forest fire on the Peloponnese peninsula damaged the facilities of Ancient Olympia, despite the fact that firefighters did their best to prevent the spread of fire: they dug firefighting belts with the help of technology, and watered the area around historical sites with water. From the air, specialized aircraft also took part in firefighting.
But, despite the efforts of 160 firefighters and aviation, the flames approached the Archaeological Museum and other sites of Ancient Olympia. By order of the authorities, local residents and tourists were evacuated for safety reasons. The Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, arrived at the scene.
As the fire has been put out, we have delivered the damage Grading Product based on the latest 🛰 VHR imagery
To date, the #wildfire in numbers:
🔥 18,005 ha of burnt area
🧑🤝🧑16,567 people affected
🏠1,466 houses affected
– Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) August 19, 2021