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Six fires destroyed over 13,000 hectares in July; Fire Warning Aug 3-5

Wildfires and forest fires destroyed more than 13,000 hectares of forest and woodland in northern Greece, Attica, the eastern and southern islands of the Aegean Sea, the central mainland and the Peloponnese in the month of July, the “Flame” research team of the National Observatory of Athens said on Tuesday. …

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TIME magazine picks symbol picture of Evia wildfires as “Best Photo of 2021”

Editors of Time magazine picked as the Best of 2021 the heartbreaking photo of a desperate elderly woman with the flames of the wild fires nearing her home in Evia in the background. The picture was taken by photographer Konstantinos Tsakalidis for the agency SOOC on August 8, 2021. On …

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Minister calls for revocation of wind turbines permits in fire-stricken Evia

The Energy Regulatory Authority must revoke the licenses for wind turbines it has approved for Istiea, in fire-devastated northern Evia, Environment & Energy Minsiter Kostas Skrekas demanded in a letter on Monday. In a letter to the authority’s president, Athanassios Dagoumas, the minister expressed his surprise at the decision, stressing …

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PM claims “coffins vs burned acres”- “Vulgarity” and “Mansplaining” says opposition

“Prime Μinister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reached a limit up in vulgarity speaking in parliament on Wednesday,” SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson said on Thursday, speaking to SKAI TV. Spokesperson Nasos Iliopoulos referred to one of Mitsotakis’ unprecedented statement during his briefing regarding the wildfires management in the month of August. Speaking about the …

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Villages evacuated in Evia blaze, several wildfires rage in Greece

Fire fighters have been struggling on Saturday against a series of wildfires and forest fires in central and southern mainland as well as on the island of Evia. Several villages have been ordered to evacuate. High temperatures, dry weather conditions and strong winds blowing with intensity 6-7 Beaufort and locally …

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Greece’s Civil Protection issues Wildfires warning map as temperatures soar

Greece’s Civil Protection issued a warning for wildfires that can break out due to soaring temperatures on Thursday, July 1, 2021. At very high risk (Level 4) are: Attica, Evia (except Skyros,), Kythera, Fokida, Fthiotida, Magnisia, Larissa (in Sterea and Thessaly) and Achaia, Corinth, Argolida, Arkadia and Lakonia in Peloponnese …

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Civil Protection warns of “very high risk” of wildfires on Sept 4 (map)

Greece Civil Protection is warning of a very high risk of wildfires or forest fires on Friday, September 4, 2020. Nine regional units are under the high risk, among them is the Attica Prefecture. In fact, the Civil Protection alerted via emergency number the residents of Attica on Thursday afternoon …

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Civil Protection warns of “Very High Risk” for forest fires on Aug 23

Greece’s Civil Protections has issued a warning over a “very high risk” of forest fires and wildfires for Friday, August 23rd 2019. According to the warning the following areas are affected: Attica and Viotia, the islands of Evia, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Kythera as well as Lakonia, Arkadia, Argolida, Corinth, …

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Evia nightmare: Villages evacuated as wildfires rage, one arrest (videos, picts)

Dramatic is situation in several villages Evia with at least three wild fires fronts to continue their catastrophic course by Friday afternoon. Locals have been evacuated and elderly were hospitalized due to respiratory problems because of the thick smoke. One man was arrested for causing one of the fires in …

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Stormy winds up to 8 Βeaufort increase risk of wildfires in the Aegean

Greece’s Civil Protection and the Fire Service warn of “very high risk” of wildfires on Sunday, June 30, 2019, due to powerful winds. Affected are the regions of Attica, Biotia, Evia,Skyros (Sporades), Corinth, Argolida and Lakonia in Peloponnese, Kythera, the Cyclades islands, Crete, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria The risk of …

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Civil Protection warning “very high risk” of wildfires on June 29 – Maps

The Greek Civil Protection has published a warning of “very high risk” of wildfires in several regions of Greece due to high temperatures and powerful winds up to 6-7 Beaufort and locally up to 8-9. The Civil Protection warning is valid for Saturday, June 28, 2019, draws attention to the …

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Greece’s Wildfires mechanism suffers from major deficiencies, lack of coordination

Lack of coordination and the broader deficiencies of the state mechanism in Fire protection have been pointed out in the report submitted by the Independent Committee for Wildfires management. The Committee was established to investigate the reason that led to the tragedy in July 2018 where 100 people died in …

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Touching moments when Marathon runners honor victims of wildfires in Mati

Touching moments took place on Sunday morning when participants at the 36. Marathon Race of Athens honored the victims and the survivors in Mati, the area with the most victims from the wildfires in July. Residents of Mati had flocked along the race track and greeted the athletes with black …

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Scandal on Athens wildfires investigation narrowly avoided

A scandal about possible delays and freezing of the investigation about the wildfires in Athens where 99 people lost their lives was narrowly avoided on Tuesday. The prosecutor of Greece’s top court Areios Pagos had to cancel her decision to “freeze” the ongoing investigation conducted by the head of the …

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Humanitarian aid from Trieste reaches people and animals in wildfires areas

With a truck loaded with goods for people and animals, volunteers from international charity organization Trieste United INGO Inc made it from North-East Italy to Mati and Rafina, the areas most affected by the deadly fires on  23. July 2018. It was the heartbreaking images from the the destroyed homes …

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