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Villages evacuated as wildfire is raging on Kefalonia island

The big wildfire on the island of Kefalonia is raging also on Sunday morning, burning down thousands of acres and creating a suffocating atmosphere. The strong winds make the work of dozens of firefighters extremely difficult. Several villages and settlements have been evacuated, among them Kaparandriti, Agia Rini, Markopoulo, Kremmidi, …

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Heatwave strikes Greece with up to 43°C on Sat; wildfires warning

The heatwave sweeping Greece is expected to reach its peak on Saturday, June 26, with maximum temperatures forecast to reach 43° Celsius (109F), the Meteo service of the National Observatory of Athens and Greece’s National Meteorological Service EMY have warned. Purple: temperatures over 40 C, Orange 35-39 C – via …

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Gov’t to financially support fire stricken citizens in Corinth and Attica

Interior Minister Stelios Petsas announced on Sunday an immediate economic support of 600 euros to the fire stricken citizens in the region of Corinth and western Attica for their first needs Additional aid of up to 6,000 euros for household appliances is yobe given, after the recording of the damages. …

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Wildfire burns vegetation above shipwreck Navagio on Zakynthos (video)

Firefighters struggled all night to bring the wildfire in Volimes, Zakynthos under control. The fire broke out on Sunday afternoon near the village Volimes on Zakynthos and burned a pine forest over the popular beach of the famous shipwreck Navagio. The firefighters set the blaze under control at very adverse …

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Wildfires rage in East Attica, settlements evacuates in Kalivia, Anavyssos, Keratea

East Attica wildfires: Church bells were ringing calling the residents of Anavyssos to evacuate the area; a police car was also calling on people to leave the area in southern East Attica as the fire front had already reached the yards of some houses. Thick smoke has turned day into …

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Wildfire passes through Mycenae archaeological site (picts)

The flames of a wildfire passed through the archaeological site on Mycenae on Sunday afternoon. Visitors and staff were evacuated. In a first evaluation of the situation and the damages, the Culture Ministry said in a statement late Sunday that the fire did not “really damaged the priceless antiquities.” However, …

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Five villages evacuated during large wildfire still ranging in Mani

Five villages were evacuated in eastern Mani during a big wildfire that burned through forestland between Gythio and Areopolis since Saturday noon. The village Vachos, Germa, Drosopigi, Eleochori and Skamnaki were evacuated initially as as precaution due to strong winds. Later, the flames passed through the village of Drossopogi, reaching …

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Six villages in Ikaria evacuated overnight due to wildfire

Six villages on the island of Ikaria were evacuated for several hours during the night as a wildfire fanned by northerly winds threatened to reach the settlements. Accoridng to locla media, the fire got out of control in the early morning hours of Thursday. On Thursday morning, the municipality of …

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Mati Fire: Prosecutor investigates to upgrade charges against 12 Fire Service officers

The Athens prosecutor investigates whether charges against 12 Fire Brigade officers during the devastating fire at Mati in 2018 will be upgraded to prosecution for fatal exposure of citizens to danger. the decision is expected to be announced. The upgrading of charges to criminal level is at the urging of …

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Mati fire: Investigator says he was pressured to cover up, ex Minister files against newspaper

It rains lawsuits following revelations about possible mishandling of the wildfire in Mati in July 2018/17 that cost the lives of over 100 people. Former Citizen Protection Minister filed a law suit against daily Kathimerini for the revelations, while the main Fire Service investigator filed a lawsuit saying that he …

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SOS Children’s Village, seniors from nursing home evacuated due to wildfire in Vari

Firefighters evacuated children of the SOS Children’s Village facility as wells as 120 seniors from a nursery home in Vari, south-eastern Attica, Friday noon after the area was blanketed in smoke from a nearby wildfire. The evacuation was ordered as precaution measure and both children and seniors were transferred to …

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Wildfire in Martino passes over Athens-Lamia highway, traffic diverted

Authorities closed traffic on both directions of the Athens – Lamia highway in the height of Martino on Friday afternoon due to a raging wildfire. Vehicles are being diverted by alternative routes to avoid the thick smoke that has covered the highway. The diversion takes place at the 125.7 km …

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Two villages evacuated as wildfire is raging on Corfu (video)

A big wildfire is raging in the south of the island of Corfu and thus in an area where another fire  last Friday. The evacuation of the villages Neochori and Paleochori was ordered as the flames approach the villages houses. “We have a problem, the fire is one hundred meters …

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Survivors commemorate the 102 victims of Mati wildfire

Hearts broke for one more time and tears rolled down when survivors of the deadly fire gathered in Mati to commemorate the 102 souls that found torturing death on 23 July 2018. A national tragedy that took place just 30 km away from the Greek capital Athens. During the memorial …

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One dead near wildfire area in Fyli, West Athens

A 48-year-old man was found unconscious in the yard of a factory near the wildfire in Fyli area in West Athens on Sunday afternoon. Paramedics of an ambulance tired to revive him but without success. He was transferred to a hospital in Athens where doctors only confirmed his death. According …

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Locals evacuated when wildfire in Karystos threatens their homes

People were evacuated in the early morning hours of Thursday when the powerful winds brought the blaze dangerously close to their summer houses. The wildfire broke out at Wednesday midnight in Aetos area of the coastal town of Karystos on the island of Evia. Initially winds blowing with intensity up …

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Athens Municipality on high alert due to wildfire risk – Check other regions

Authorities at the Municipality of Athens are on high alert and took preventive measures due to strong winds blowing in the area and high temperatures that increase the risk of wildfires. Access to green parks including the National Garden in the center of Athens as well to forest areas like …

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