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Summer is the holiday season, the sun and … forest fires. Due to its climate and vegetation, the entire Mediterranean basin, from France to Italy, Spain or Greece, is particularly vulnerable to devastating fires on the human material and ecological level.
These are news i wish to never hear again. Unfortunatly, this wish was not granted to me.
according to greek news Attic: the region around Athens has been put in alarm Status, the highest but also rare category, are the following areas:
• Attica, East Viotia, Central and South Evia as well as Corinth, Argolida, Arkadia, East Lakonia and Kythera in Peloponnese.
Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece. As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spain to be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions.
The wildfires have prompted the evacuation of hotels and campsites in some parts of the country. The FCO has issued UK holidaymakers with a fresh warning after a level five red alert was raised this weekend
Earlier Friday, the fire department said that a 64-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of starting the first fire that broke out Thursday by using a naked flame to burn dried weeds near his house. The man was to appear before a prosecutor in court Friday.
Burning dried weeds and other such activities outdoors, such as setting campfires, is banned in Greece from May 1-Oct. 1 as part of measures to prevent forest fires.
In the event of a fire, citizens are urged to NOTIFY THE FIRE SERVICE CALLING 199
Our Athenian guide kept us posted about the fire in the Attic region.
Good news the situation is improving. Bless them 🙏🙌
Firefighters in Greece on Friday made progress against a four-day wildfire on the island of Evia that has burned through a pine forest and threatened villages, officials said.
“The situation looks better today, there is no active front, but our forces remain in place,” a fire department spokesman told AFP, adding that there are still “pockets of fire” smouldering in a ravine.
A massive force of nearly 400 firefighters backed by 110 vehicles, nine planes and four helicopters has been deployed against the blaze.
Two water bombers from Italy and one from Spain are assisting the effort, the spokesman said.
State agency ANA said the fire, which broke out Tuesday, has destroyed over 1,000 hectares of dense pine forest.
A firefighter was hospitalised with burns on Tuesday, and at least four cars have been burned.
Authorities suspect arson was involved as the fire broke out in three separate locations near the village of Makrymalli.
Two Greek men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of setting fires in the Peloponnese peninsula.
Due to the increased risk in the aforementioned areas, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection has banned access and all activity in national parks, forests and “vulnerable” areas, which will be patrolled by fire, police and military forces.
At the same time, individuals are advised to be alert, prepared and to take preventative measures:
– Keep up to date on high risk areas via www.civilprotection.gr and on social media.
– If you spot smoke or fire, call the 112 emergency line or the Fire Service immediately on 199 and provide clear information including exact location, direction of the fire, and type of burning vegetation.
– Do not light fires or barbecues in the woods or in high-risk areas
– Do not discard lit cigarettes
– Do not leave rubbish in the forest or in park areas
For those with homes, particularly near forest areas:
– take all the necessary safety precautions
– create a firewall around your home
– install smoke detectors, pull stations and fire extinguishers
– allow easy access for fire-fighting vehicles.
Source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece