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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:55 AM
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Thousands evacuated as fires reach Athens suburbs
Source: Associated Press

A raging fire bore down on Athens' northern suburbs Sunday, prompting panicked residents to battle the flames with tree limbs and buckets, and police to order 10,000 people to evacuate one town immediately.
Frightened inhabitants of Agios Stefanos gathered in the town's main square in early afternoon as flames closed in on the town center and police with loudspeakers directed everyone to leave immediately on the main highway to Athens, 14 miles (23 kilometers) to the southwest.
Other residents tried desperately to save their homes with hoses, buckets and branches. Planes swooped low over the town to pour water on the flaming houses.
The fires ignited late Friday; by Sunday they were reported across an area more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) wide. They started in the mountains near the town of Marathon, from which the modern long-distance foot race takes its name. The army removed anti-aircraft missiles from a nearby military base as the flames approached.


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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:54 AM
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1. Don't put water on a Greece fire!!!
:spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 05:36 AM
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6. nice one! nt
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uberblonde Donating Member (993 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:15 PM
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7. Good one!
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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:58 PM
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2. Gale-force winds drive on Greek wildfires




Firefighters spent a third day battling a spate of blazes on the suburbs around the Greek capital Sunday amid gale-force winds that whipped on the fires.

The fires come two years after a deadly rash of blazes that killed 65 people and razed thousands of hectares (acres) of forest land in 2007. No fatalities had been reported in the current outbreak, but four people have suffered minor burns during the effort, Information Secretary Panos Livadas said.

Winds ranging from 40 to 60 km/h (25 to 38 mph) were complicating firefighting efforts Sunday afternoon, Livadas said.

Police were asked to help in evacuating the 20,000 residents of the Athens suburb Agios Stefanos Sunday, said Mayor Panagiotis Vorias.


High winds drive on Greek wildfires
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 05:17 AM
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3. Wild Fire in Greece Forces Evacuation of 10,000
Source: Voice of America News

By Nathan Morley
Cyprus
23 August 2009

A raging wild fire swept into a suburb of Athens, Greece early Sunday, forcing authorities in one town to order 10,000 people to evacuate their homes.

The blaze broke out Friday on the outskirts of Athens, with firefighters and airplanes rushing to the suburbs, where flames swept through the dry brush land. The fires have been fanned by strong, hot winds and parched grass, and thousands of hectares of agricultural land and pasture have been scorched.

Now nearly 10,000 residents of Agios Stefanos, a community to the north of the capital, have been ordered to leave their homes. Local TV and radio broadcast messages to residents warning of the danger if they remain, and police cars with megaphones sent the same warnings.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the region, and the blaze has sent a thick blanket of smoke across the skies of Athens. Officials have not formally said what caused the fire. Harry Tszanis of the Athens News Agency tells VOA that the finger of blame for the disaster, is again being pointed at arsonists. In 2007, a fire set by arsonists left 70 people dead.


Read more: http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-23-voa16.cfm
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 05:17 AM
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4. oooo... scary stuff
we have the same issues here in California. Hopefully they stay safe.
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trusty elf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 05:17 AM
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5. Arson again? This is terrible.
:(
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