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Firestorm west of Athens under control

21 August 2009 / 15:08:51  GRReporter
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According to latest news, there are currently 106 fires on Greek territory.

The huge fire raging near the town of Magoula, located 25 km west of Athens, is now under control. 50 fire cars, 10 specialized machines, 5 airplanes, 3 helicopters and 152 firemen took part in fighting the firestorm. The fire occurred in the vicinity of "Titan" cement factory, which is why representatives of Civil defense are still at the place. Although the fire is under control, in Magoula industrial area warehouses, trucks, containers and near 2 500 acres of agricultural and wood lands have been burnt down. The damage assessment is yet to be done.

Early on Tuesday morning firemen began fighting another firestorm in the area of Ahaia, north on Peloponnese Peninsula. Civil defense warns of increased risk on island in the Aegean Sea, Attica and Pirea; fires are burning also on islands Zakynthos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Skiros, East Attica, West Attica, Pirea, Korinthos, Hania. According to civil defense, fires in the country are 106.

Civil defense secretariat general reminds civil and municipal expert offices to be prepared for immediate reaction to any accident.

Authorities appeal to citizens to refrain from open-air activities which can cause fires, such as lighting dry grass and twigs, using sparkle-producing machines (saws, welders), or throwing cigarettes on the ground while they are still burning. Great area of the Greek territory stays under considerable risk of fires because of the hot weather and strong wind, currently with speed of 47km/h.

Dilyana Ivanova

Tags: fires Greece
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