x

Society

Eight Parts of Greece Put on High Fire Alert

July 30, 2019

With memories still vivid of the July 23, 2018 wildfires that killed 102 people north of Athens, eight areas around the country were declared to be a Category Four wildfire risk and another 12 just one level lower as temperatures rose and forests dried out.

That was set by the Civil Protection Authority which said the danger was highest in Attica, Viotia, Fthiotida, Korinthos, Argolida, Lakonia, Kythera and Hania because of kindling-dry conditions from a week of high temperatures, the General Secretariat  said.

There is also a wildfire risk, albeit smaller one, in Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Rethymno, Iraklio, Achaia, Ilia, Arkadia, Messinia, Fokida, Evia, Magnisia and Larisa, it added, with temperatures expected to soar to 39-40 degrees Celsius (102-104 degrees Fahrenheit.)

The secretariat warned residents and visitors to refrain from any activities that could spark a fire such as barbecues, burning plant cuttings or using power tools that generate sparks, while also advising that people with gardens and land make sure they are cleared of brush.

Anyone who sees even the hint of a blaze was urged to immediately call the national fire service on 199. Last year’s deadly fires were said to have been caused by a man burning brush near Mt. Pendeli. He still hasn’t been identified yet.

RELATED

ATHENS - Users of the Viber call and text messaging app in Greece made 1 billion calls in 2021, Rakuten Viber revealed on Thursday.

Top Stories

Associations

ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.

Associations

BRONX, NY – In a festive atmosphere, the traditional cutting of the vasilopita was held by the Northern Chios Society of Pelineon Agia Markella in the community hall of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx on January 23.

Society

ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.

Video

Democrats Eye Supreme Court Pick to Revive 2022 Prospects

Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they'll be buoyed by the prospect that President Joe Biden will name the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.