Latvia: More forest fires in H1/2023 than in past three years

The total area of forest destroyed by fire in Latvia in the first half of 2023 was more than in the past full three years, according to the State Forest Service (VMD), LETA reports. Altogether 508 forest fires were registered and 607 hectares of forest was destroyed in six months. By comparison, the total area of forest consumed by fire amounted to 528 hectares in 2020, to 505 hectares in 2021, and to 221 hectares in 2022.