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Forest fires are raging all over Greece

16 August 2013 / 19:08:18  GRReporter
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Firefighters in Greece are fighting at least five fires. There is no threat to towns and villages in any of the cases despite the strong winds which are preventing the rapid control of the outbreaks.

The fire which had broken out earlier today in the agricultural and forest area of the ​​village of Livanates in the region of Fthiotida has even been partially brought under control.
A fire is raging in the region of the village of Katsimidi near Athens too. It broke out on the banks of a small river just after 4:00 pm on Friday. There are 35 firefighters and 8 fire engines on site as well as 8 foot soldiers whose efforts are supported by two aircrafts and one helicopter.

The fires in the area of Malateko Valtou in the region of Amfilohia and in Koutroufa in Arcadia are already under control. In Amfilohia, 25 firefighters, 11 fire engines, 10 foot soldiers and 3 aircrafts are fighting the blaze whereas 35 firefighters, 15 fire engines, 8 foot soldiers and 4 aircrafts are fighting the fire raging in a agricultural and forest area in Arcadia.
There is a huge fire near Kallirachi on the island of Thassos. The outbreak is in a gorge, making it difficult for the fire forces involving 37 firefighters, 14 fire engines, 21 foot soldiers, 4 aircrafts and 1 helicopter to put the fire under control.

The risk of fire outbreaks on Saturday will be very high too. The civil protection service has defined the risk of fire as "very high" in the following areas: the regions of Attica and Evia, the island of Skyros, the regions of Corinth, Argolis, Arcadia, Magnesia, the Sporades Islands, the regions of Cyclades, Viotia, Fthiotida, Evros, Kavala and the islands of Thassos, Lesbos, Chios and Limnos.

Citizens who are close to the specific regions should be particularly careful. The authorities urge them to take particular care when handling machinery or while performing other activities that could cause a fire. There is a ban on throwing lit cigarettes, burning dry bushes and branches, using machines and tools which produce sparks such as welding equipment, saws, etc. as well as on lighting a fire for an outdoor barbecue. The burning of stubbles is prohibited too as well as walking around in forest areas after 10:00 pm.


Tags: NewsForest firesCivil protection service
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