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Wildfires: 400 fires in 24 hours in Greece – News Abroad

Fire hell does not end in Greece. More than 400 wildfires have been reported in the last 24 hours!

On Saturday the fire reached the suburbs of Athens: overnight, a strong wind blew and burned many houses.


Residents from the town of Trachomagedons, north of Berlin, bring the cows to safety Photo: Giorgos Maudapis / Buyers

Thousands of people have been fleeing since Thursday before the fire spread to Mount Bernita on the outskirts of Athens.

Hundreds of people were evacuated by boat from the island of Evia east of the capital. Initially there was no information about the victims.

Dramatic situation in Greece

The fire is spreading more and more on the second largest Greek island, Evia. The governor of the central Greek region in charge of the island, Phoenix Spanos, sent out a serious call for help via Facebook on Saturday morning. “The fire continues unabated, it burns forests and destroys homes, it’s a threat to human life! We finally want the extreme number of fire planes we hear from day one! More fire engines!”


Volunteers assist in extinguishing the firefighter

Volunteers assist in extinguishing the firefighter Photo: Marios Pass / DPA


The hotel complex in the village near Olympia also caught fire

The hotel complex in the village near Olympia also caught firePhoto: Giannis Spirunis / AB

More than 700 firefighters were on duty. Not only did they fight the fire, they also fought the high heat and wind, which ignited the flames. The Greek fire brigade received support from Cyprus, France and Israel.

Cities such as the Beloponnese Peninsula, Crete in the south of the country, and Cravena in the north were also affected by the fire, which lasted for several days after prolonged heat and drought. Tens of thousands of hectares of forest, many homes and businesses have already been destroyed. One person was killed on Friday near Athens.

Greece has been plagued by massive heat waves for more than 30 years. Temperatures hovered above 40 degrees Celsius throughout the week.

Severe fires are spreading in other countries as well.

Exoduses in Turkey

Tens of thousands of people have been rescued from wildfires in southwestern Turkey. Coastal areas, especially in the south and west, have been badly affected for several days.


Fires erupt from a wildfire in the village of Akkayaka in Mukla province

Fires erupt from a wildfire in the village of Akkayaka in Mukla provincePhoto: YASIN AKGUL / AFP

Emergency services in the western Turkish city of Mughal did not come to rest, and according to local officials in the Kyrgyz district, people had been brought to safety since Friday evening. Again, firefighters must protect a power station from fire and remove flammable materials, state news agency Anatolu said.


People are trying to put out the fire in the hospital

People are trying to put out the fire in AcaciaPhoto: YASIN AKGUL / AFP

The situation in Andalia, south of Turkey, is now calm. However, the fire wreaked havoc there. The whole village was burnt to ashes.

Sicily declares state of emergency for six months

The regional government of Sicily has declared a six-month state of emergency and crisis due to wildfires on the popular holiday island. The Sicily fire has been raging since the end of July and there will be a permanent risk in the coming weeks due to the unusual weather, regional leader Nello Musumeci justified the decision in a Facebook message on Saturday.

In Sardinia, firefighters in the province of Oristano caught fire at a hotel Saturday morning. According to their own reports, emergency services prevented the flames from spreading to surrounding plants. So there is no injury. In Oristano, on the west coast of the holiday island, several wildfires caused extensive damage.


Firefighter operates in Calabria

Firefighter operates in CalabriaPhoto: Sub / DPA

In the south of Italy, the temperature is currently sometimes above 40 degrees Celsius. Sicily, Calabria and Apulia have been hit hard by recent fires. The fire brigade said two people had died from San Lorenzo at the tip of the Italian launch, leaving people dead in the fire.


Map: Wildfires in the Mediterranean - Infographic

“Dixie Fire” is spreading in California

The situation could not be controlled by the fire department in California: “Dixie fire” is spreading further. Authorities on Thursday ordered the evacuation of two other locations as the small town of Greenville was destroyed during a gold rush after a major clash in the northern US state of West Coast. But not all residents volunteer.


A burning house and car on Highway 89 south of Greenville

Burning house and car on Highway 89 south of GreenvillePhoto: Nova Berger / A.P.

The so-called “Dixie Fire” has been raging since mid-July. Thousands of firefighters are fighting the flames, which have increased so much that they are now creating their own microclimate, thus further fueling themselves. 110,000 hectares have already been affected. “Dixie Fire” is already the sixth largest fire in California history. There is no end to the vision.


Burnt church in Greenville.

Burnt church in Greenville. “Dixie Fire” completely destroyed the small townPhoto: Nova Berger / A.P.

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