- Fire risk depends on many factors, including climatic conditions, vegetation (e.g. fuel load and condition), forest management practices and other socio-economic factors.
- The number of fires in the Mediterranean region has increased over the period from 1980 to 2000; it has decreased thereafter.
- In a warmer climate, more severe fire weather and an expansion of the fire-prone area and longer fire seasons, as a consequence, are projected, but with considerable regional variation.
- The impact of fire events is particularly strong in southern Europe on already degraded ecosystems.