As the island begins its recovery operation after the apocalyptic scenes last week and the biggest evacuation in Greek history, islanders are turning their anger on the authorities.
Residents said that for years the island’s forests of pine, cypresses, myrtles and oaks have been poorly maintained, which experts said added fuel to the wildfires. Locals cannot cut trees on their own land without a permit, or they will risk a huge fine or even prison time.
Rewilding just is such a danger:
“Poor management of forests leads to increased fuel loads, vegetation of the most flammable type, and few or narrow firebreaks. This is unfortunate, because fire safety and ecology require determined and wise management of the forest,” he said.