Greece Extends Ban on Travel to Or Through Forested Areas to Aug. 20

ATHENS — A travel ban on forests, national parks, EU Natura-designated sites and city groves introduced by the government on August 5 will be extended to 06:00 on August 20, authorities said on Thursday.

Moving in or driving through these forested areas or remaining in them is banned, to prevent fires during a very dry season that contributed to massive and destructive fires starting August 3 and continuing to the present.

The same law act bans any work or leisure activity that may start a fire, such as welding and burning any material, acts carrying a penalty of up to 10,000 euros.

Currently hundreds of foreign firefighters are working with their Greek colleagues to put out 106 new forestfires, that broke out from 19:00 on Wednesday to 19:00 on Thursday (today). At the same time, the battle to contain and put out the fires in Evia, Ilia/Gortynia, Laconia and Mt. Parnitha continue, with the help of volunteers as well, the Greek Armed Forces, and local authorities.


ATHENS — Greek authorities say another sailboat carrying dozens of migrants arrived Thursday at Kythera, the third in just under two days to make it to the southern island that isn't on the usual route for asylum-seekers trying to reach the European Union.

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