|2012 Chios Forest Fire|
|Date(s)||18 August 2012 – 28 August 2012|
|Cause||heat wave, suggested arson, and wind|
|Land use||forest, groves of mastic trees (Pistacia lentiscus var. chia)|
By Monday 20 August local authorities reported that 7000 hectares (16,000 acres) of forest and farmland had been destroyed. Official reports on 20 August added that many mastic trees in "Mastichochoria" region had been burned, one of few world sources of mastic resin, used in food, cosmetics and medicines. The beekeepers of Chios had lost 60 percent of their hives.
About 360 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers were trying to control and extinguish the fires with the use of water-bombing planes and helicopters as well as 50 vehicles. The Greek government had asked for the help of aircraft from Italy and Spain to help not only with this but six other forest fires that broke out elsewhere in Greece on 19 August and five more on 20 August.
- "Oikologikos apologismos pyrkagias chiou" (PDF) (in Greek). WWF. 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 October 2022.
- "Major fire on eastern Greek island of Chios" at boston.com (20 August 2012)
- "Forest / Wild Fire in Greece on Saturday, 18 August, 2012 Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine" at RSOE EDIS
- "Wildfire sweeps across Greek island of Chios" at bbc.co.uk (20 August 2012)