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Multiple fires raging in Greece

05 August 2009 / 09:08:25  GRReporter
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Greek firemen have localized two major fires on Peloponnese Island, announces the national fire-defense office.

Around 80 fire-cars, six airplanes and a helicopter were fighting the fires around Korinthos, an area located 100 kilometers away from Athens.

Another part of Peloponnese, Arcadia, was also affected by the firestorm. Besides the three airplanes and two helicopters, local people also participate in the extinguishing. This fire is still active.

Numbers of fires were registered in Greece during the last week. The islands, were a lot of tourists are spending their vacation, make no exception. One of the most serious fires is on Zakynthos Island. Many exotic species of animals were endangered by the firestorm and had to be rescued.

Currently, no information about any victims has been received, as well as about damaged residential areas.

It is important to notice that the civil defense secretariat general has issued a report regarding the risk of fires. On the first place, however, is people's responsibility- open-air events should be avoided when they create a risk of fire through carelessness such as burning dry grass and small twigs or using spark-producing devices such as sawing and soldering. People should also be very careful not to throw their cigarettes on the ground while they are still burning. The civil defense office also advises national departments and municipalities to take quick and adequate measures in coping with all sorts of accidental fires.

For a couple of days now the risk of fires has been rated very high, currently its degree is 4, and the most endangered zones are: Athens, East Attica, West Attica, Pirea, Evia, Chios, Samos, etc.

The temperatures are high, the vegetation is dry and the wind is quite strong, its current speed is 19km/h. all this speaks not only of a hot summer but of an intense fight against the firestorm.

Diliyana Ivanova

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