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Fires seem abating 29 Aug 2007 08:25:00 (Last updated: 29 Aug 2007 20:59:33)
Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8, ΑNA - ΜNA
Fires seem to be abating in the Peloponese and Eboia fronts, however, firefighting forces are on general alert for fear of fires rekindling. The fire near Alfeios river rekindled at noon. Fires are still raging in Mistro-Eboia, Andritsaina –Elia, Agrianoi in Parnoans where firefighting forces are still battling with flames. A new fire burst out at Gortynos municipality where Blahoraftis, Kryoneri and Atsilohos villages were evacuated. In the meantime, a new fire burst out in Eleftheropolis-Kavala west exit was brought under control. In a positive development, the Civil Protection Secretariat announced that tomorrow will be the first day after the bursting out of devastating fires not to be defined as high risk day for fires.
Fires in the prefecture of Ilia have been abating. During the night, firemen focused their efforts to the Alfios river area from Matesi to Bardaki, Arcadia. Presently, firemen and firefighting planes are trying to tackle fire in Ploutochori.
Earlier, strong fire brigade forces put under control a fire that broke out in a shop selling electrical appliances in Amaliada. Next to the shop, which was completely destroyed were houses and an olive grove.
Although the fire front in Setta, Evia is abating, additional fire fighting planes were sent to Mistros.
A fire on Taigetos is raging at high altitude and in an inaccessible area, with the fire fronts abating.
Meanwhile, a firefighting plane and firemen are trying to combat the fire still burning in Isari, Megalopolis.
The fires in Aliartos and Kanalaki, Viotia, as well as in Anilio, Metsovo in Ioannina are under partial control.
A fire risk index 4 has been declared for today for Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Euboea, Attica, Heraklion and Lasithi.
Re-supplying Electric Power
The PPC (Public Power Corporation) has been trying to re-supply fire afflicted regions with electric power.
As per latest information, Pyrgos has been mostly hit by electric-power cuts and problems, with 61 villages remaining without electric power.
Agriani in Sparta is without electric power as 100 electricity posts were burnt down.
Karnasi, Pefko, Alagonia, Artemisia, Elaiochori, as well as two settlements in Kalamata are also without electricity.
32 villages in Isari and Paradisia districts, Arcadia lack electric power, while four villages in Aliveri, Euboea are also without electricity.
In relation to recent announcements issued on traffic regulations imposed due to the fires, the Traffic Police has announced that circulation is back to normal in Grammatiko, Attica.
In parallel, measures for the protection of forests in Attica continue to be in effect. Thus, vehicles in the following points are not allowed to circulate, unless there is a special reason:
• Parnitha Avenue from the 22 kilometre (funicular railway) to the Casino.
• Tatoi – Katsimidi road from "Leonidas" tavern to the Royal Estates.
• In Megali Vrisi, Avlona, Attica.
• In Sfendali, Malakasa, Attica.
• In Liosati, Afidnes, Attica.
• In Pigi, Fili-Borsi, Attica.
Fire Department briefing
According to the Fire Department official announcement, two temporary contract firefighters were attacked by an unknown person this afternoon while trying to put out a fire in Kapsala -Eboia. As a result of the attack they failed to put out the fire on time and need enforcement of land and air firefighting forces. The incident was referred to the Police who are investigating the case.
According to Fire Department briefing high temperatures after noon today are making firefighting efforts even more difficult in fronts where fires are raging. In Mistro-Eboia fire is raging in an inaccessible region and apart from land forces 11 water bombing aircrafts are fighting with the flames. In Andritsaina, Elia fire is raging in two fronts Matesi heading to Paleokastro and Feisoa heading to Kotyli. Six aircrafts two helicopters and land forces are in the region while in Agrianoi Parnona 3 aircrafts, 1 helicopter and land forces are dousing the region.
Translated by John Crystallidis