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Greece Fires: Evacuations on Corfu, Rhodes, Evia; 82 fires on Sunday

Sixty four wild- and forest fires occurred on Sunday, July 23, the Fire Service announced earlier, adding that there are a total of 82 fires to deal with.

At the same time, more fires occurred later in several parts across the country among them in Evia, Aigio, Epidavros, Corfu.

The fire that still concerns a large number of fire brigades is that of Rhodes. There are 266 firefighters with 16 groups of infantry departments and 55 vehicles and 10 aircraft and 5 helicopters periodically operate from the air.

In almost all the open fires, there was no shortage of flare-ups today, the Fire Service said.

In some cases they created a large front that reached close to settlements, such as the one we had at noon very close to the Asklepiion of Rhodes.

KARYSTOS

In Platanisto Karystos, south Evia, 3 different fire outbreaks occurred at the same time, of which one outbreak has been controlled and in the other two, strong ground forces and 6 aircraft are operating from the air.

ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ ΑΡΧΕΙΟΥ (EUROKINISSI / ΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ ΚΑΡΑΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ)

In Karystos the fire has reached proportions and for this reason, a message was issued by 112 and the evacuation of Livadi, Potami, Pernaraki and Platanistos settlements towards Karystos is currently underway.

Despite the adverse conditions, strong forces, ground and air, continue to operate, in many fires in Yliki of Thebes, Metohi of Epidaurus, Dervenaki of Achaia, Astakos of Messolonghi and Amygdalia of Volos.

Short after the FS briefing another fire broke out on the island of Corfu.

CORFU

According to state broadcaster ERT, the fire on Pantokratoras mountain and  spread on several fronts on both the north and south side of the mountain top and thus in the areas of Loutses and Perithia.

Trees and grassland are burning.

ΚΕΡΚΥΡΑ-ΦΩΤΙΑ, ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ ΚΟΝΤΑΡΙΝΗΣ / EUROKINISSI)

Short before 9 p.m. an evacuation message was sent to residents of 5 villages – Portes, Megkoula, Simies, Palia Peritheia and Saga – to evacuate to Kassiopi.

Firefighters in the area were supported by 2 aircraft and one helicopter that, however, stopped their operation by sun set.

A firefighter reportedly suffered an fainting incident, most probably due to smoke. He was battling the fire front in Palia Perithea.

AIGIO at Gulf of Corinth

A big fire is threatening settlements on the Peloponnese side of the Gulf of Corinth.

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The fire, actually three fires that broke out almost at the same time between Aigio and Diakofto in the Gulf of Corinth

RHODES

The region of Southern Rhodes was declared in a state of emergency on Sunday as the fires continue on the sixth consecutive day.

State ERT reported at 9 p.m. that the fire front from Appolonas is approaching the settlement of Malona and is currently 4 km away.

Residents of Malona were ordered to evacuate as strong winds.

Read all about the FIRES ON RHODES at KTG.

Accordinf to the Fire Service, firefighters  continue to battle the blaze on Rhodes,

Evacuations on the island began on Saturday night, in the largest such effort Greece has ever seen. Initial police reports spoke of nearly 19,000 people evacuated preventatively, of whom 16,000 were transported by land and 3,000 by sea.

Due to The strong winds and flames at points reaching up to 5 meters, the following villages and towns were evacuated for preventative reasons: Kiotari, Gennadi, Pylonas, Laerma, Lardos, Lindos, Kalathos Malona, Asklipio, Pevkos, Massair, Haraki, and visitors at hotels in these areas, the Dodecanese Police Directorate sad on Sunday.

Special needs individuals were evacuated by police vans, but most were transported on tourist buses, Port Authority vessels, and private boats requisitioned by the Port Authority.

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5 comments

  1. In my opinion, below is the absolute minimum required in Greece. We’re not even remotely close at this time.

    1. An all year national call centre help desk to be launched (e.g. 200), where the public can report any issues they believe are a fire risk in their community or elsewhere.

    2. All year round patrols of all forest areas and any other areas confirmed as legitimate concerns from the call centre in 1 above. Where risk debris is found, a publicly published timescale stating the time the identified debris must be removed by, and by whom.

    3. From May to October (minimum), mobile CCTV positioned to cover routes into known risk areas, recording 24/7 and physically monitored 24/7 in fire risk category 4 & 5 areas.

    4. In each fire risk category 1-5, published will be the minimum flying time in hours of fire fighting aircraft or drones for preventative and observation patrols.

    5. The fire service to publish resource management plans to ensure firefighters on the ground peak at peak fire risk periods.

    6. In areas of fire risk categories 4 and 5, enforcement authorities to publish the number of known or suspect arsonists they will be observing, whether overtly or covertly, in each region, municipality or island.

    7. In the event of a major or critical incident, all utility agencies to be represented within the command and control centre for maximum communication, so that in the event of outages, the utilities can be restored at the earliest and safest opportunity.

    8. In the event of a major or critical incident, there will be a briefing to the public every four hours. This briefing will include what has been achieved in the past four hours with what assets and resources, and what is planned / aimed to be achieved in the next four hours with what assets and resources.

    9. Once this planning has been completed, the government will be able to identify the country’s shortfall to effectively tackle its fires and rectify the same. It will not be deemed acceptable for this to be put in the “too difficult tray” either on financial or logistical grounds.

    10. But it starts right now – not next May.

    • In Toronto we have a line 311 where citizens report things that need attention. Everything from large potholes to malfunctioning lights to garbage dumped illegally and trees blocking sidewalks and roads. The CITY sends someone out and fixes it. This is a CITY service run by the city government.

      I mentioned this 5 years ago to some relatives and was told “it’s not my job to be the government, they should just come around and do it.” And when I tried to explain that this better directed services and resources, I was met with the usual hand wave, pfft, and “ase mas”

      THIS attitude needs to change.

  2. “Once this planning has been completed, the government will be able to identify the country’s shortfall to effectively tackle its fires and rectify the same. It will not be deemed acceptable for this to be put in the “too difficult tray” either on financial or logistical grounds.”

    BUT, do K Myxomatosis and cohorts actually WANT to tackle all this? Recent history demonstrates a cavalier attitude to “us”.

    Your plan is very sensible – I would pay extra for this to happen but not via the direct coffers of those currently in charge.

    “…authorities to publish the number of known or suspect arsonists they will be observing, whether overtly or covertly, in each region, municipality or island.”

    I would add in the various paid and politically motivated saboteurs – there are many.

    I can only pray for the safety of all the victims of the current catastrophe.

  3. michele lavender

    All of the above is a dream for any country with a habitual out of control “summer burn”Most of these firemen are casually employed just from May until the end of October,their pay for risking their lives is extremely little and their moral is one of negativity due to under-staffing,few poorly maintained vehicles and equipment,lack of training and absence of command leadership,your on your own Jack up in that burning mountain forest while the world watches from the comfort of their chair.So,soon even these brave souls will give up and ask WHY am I here every year trying to salvage that which will soon look like Dubai anyway.

  4. It is not much better in Canada where thousands of hectares are burning all across the country, including the Arctic. The west coast, prairies, northern Ontario and northern Quebec are burning. The east coast had 3 months of rain in 24 hours. We have had tornadoes and 40+ weather in the past 10 days. The fires have been burning since May! But governments have been cutting emergency budgets and wildfire services budgets for years. Thousands of people have left their homes and lost their property. Today I heard that they are going to let some fires go until they burn themselves out because they can’t fight everything. I can’t even imagine how much that will be. Two years ago a town of thousands of people burned in 10 minutes. No one is back there yet.

    More pressure has to be put to stop the environmental change. We need to stop filling our homes with plastic and stuff. But that’s a longer conversation.

    My heart breaks with all I see and read…