The CTIF Forest Fire Commission meets in France November 7 - 10
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This fire season 2022 was a really hard one, for all of us. According to the EFFIS statistics up until the end of August, we had an increase in burned areas since the beginning of the year reaching an extremely high score of over 700,000 hectares.
This is to compare to the average number from the period of 2006-2021, which was a little over 200.000 hectares per year. The behaviour of the fires this year were extreme and we encountered large forest fires even in northern countries such as, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Also those northern areas have greatly increased their burnt areas compared to previous years.
As you already know from our meeting in Athens here in May, the next CTIF meeting will be in France, in Valabre, from 7-10 of November 2022. You can find attached the Agenda and the Registration Form of the meeting. You must register until the 7th of October 2022. Anyone who wants to make a presentation, is more than welcome.
Last but not least I am happy to announce you that I am the new secretary of the CTIF Forest Fire Commission due to the departure of our previous secretary Mario Starcevic. After the approval by the Commission and CTIF Executive Committee I am really grateful about this. Mario, thank you so much for your great work and your loyalty all these years!
Fire Lieutenant Colonel - Forestry Engineer - Msc in Forestry
National Coordination Center for Operations and Crisis Management, Hellenic Fire Corps