After the heat wave came the fires. Just as everyone was expecting a breath of fresh air, 307 fires broke out all over Greece. For the first time, the flames reached the heart of Parnitha National Park, burning the dense fir forest. More than 20,000 hectares of forest had been burnt by the weekend. The microclimate of the city has been affected. «The temperature will certainly be affected, and floods may become more common,» WWF Hellas Director Dimitris Karavellas told Kathimerini. The density of airborne particles was so high in Athens that it presented a health hazard. The really hot topic the public and politicians must address is whether this is the life and the city we really want.