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Spain and France help fight the flames in northern Greece

26 August 2011 / 12:08:41  GRReporter
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Greece requested fire-fighting aircraft from Italy, France and Spain. For now, only Spain and France are able to send a total of four water-bearing planes to cope with the emergency situation in the area of ​​St. Thomas Mesolongi in Evros, northern Greece. It was caused by a growing fire, the flames of which spread over 40,000 acres. For security reasons, the residents of the village of Kila were evacuated, which had to took their livestock because of the danger in the area. The fire has spread and is five kilometers away from the villages of Levkimis, Saranda Sptia, Karvouniaris, Melila and Eripia Amygdalia.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Todoros Boufis said that the European aircraft had to arrive in the morning, but due to difficulties to get to the particular areas the planes will arrive in the afternoon on Friday.

Meanwhile, sixty firefighters, twenty-six fire engines, seven fire-walking units, six Greek aircraft adapted for fire-fighting, and two helicopters are fighting the fire. Besides the European help, local fire forces from western and central Greece are expected to help, but Todoros Boufis stressed that not all forces are expected to fight with only one outbreak.

Strong winds in recent days and still high summer temperatures turned out to be a catalyst for the return of fire disasters in other areas and the new outbreaks in the region of Attica proved to be particularly critical.

The Parintha Mountain was hit by a fire this week as according to initial information, an old dump ignited spontaneously shortly after 4:30 on Friday morning. Some of the most beautiful suburbs of Athens with luxurious homes are in the area around the mountain, but there was no need of evacuation. The most serious danger was in the early hours of the day when the fire reached the ring road that connects the central part of Athens with the suburbs. At 8:00 in the morning, the fire was extinguished without risk to the residents in the area.

There was a serious fire tens of kilometers away from Parintha, perpendicular to the Athens Mountain, in the suburb of Glyfada to the sea. Twenty-five firefighters, ten fire engines and eleven volunteers extinguished the firestorm that has inflicted minimal damage although it was very close to the residential areas in the municipality.

Tags: SocietyFireGreeceEvrosEuropean aidPlanesFire-fighters
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