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28 Jun 2011 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 28 June 2011 (IRIN) - Wildfires burn several hundred million hectares of vegetation around the world each year and appear to be growing in number and extent, but their impact on developing countries is particularly worrying, experts say.

21 Oct 2009 description
report Xinhua

BELGRADE, Oct 21, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Serbia and Russia agreed here on Wednesday to establish a joint humanitarian center in the southern Serbian city of Nis for immediate response to emergencies such as fire, floods and earthquakes.

Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic and Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu signed a plan on the center's initial stage of development.

Later, the two leaders told a joint press conference that the center should serve the entire region and offer quick and efficient support in case …

28 Aug 2009 description

Several forest fires occurred since August 21, 2009 in the prefectures of Attica and Boeotia, north-western of Athens, Greece. Many residents had to be evacuated from their homes. The map shows the location of active fire hot spots on different days and burnt areas on August 25, 2009. The active fire hot spots were automatically derived from MODIS Fire Information System. The hot spots and the burnt areas are superimposed on a natural color image of Landsat 5 acquired on August 25, 2009.

27 Aug 2009 description

Several forest fires occurred since August 21, 2009 in the prefecture Attica, north-eastern of Athens, Greece. Many residents had to be evacuated from their homes. The map shows detailed damage information for the region around Grammatiko derived from IKONOS satellite data acquired on August 26, 2009.

26 Aug 2009 description

Several forest fires occurred since August 21, 2009 in the southeastern of the prefecture Euboea, Greece. The map shows the burnt areas derived by the analysis of ALOS AVNIR-2 satellite data acquired on August 25, 2009 and the location of active fire hot spots on different days. Please note that areas below clouds may in some cases not be detected properly. Only cloudless areas were considered for calculating the statistics of the burnt areas. The hot spots were automatically derived from MODIS Fire Information System.

25 Aug 2009 description
report Xinhua

ATHENS, Aug 25, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Greek government has decided to step up measures to protect the areas devastated by the recent wildfires in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

A satellite surveillance system will be set up to shield the charred areas from trespassers, said Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias.

Souflias said that anti-corrosion works will also commence as soon as possible.

25 Aug 2009 description

Athens_(dpa) _ Thousands of hectares of forest lay scorched and homes were smoking ruins in the northern outskirts of the Greek capital Tuesday as firefighters worked to contain blazes that had raged out of control for days.

As winds died down significantly Tuesday, only two fires still burned near the coastal town of Karathina and Porto Germano north-west of Athens and near the village of Karisto on Evia island, east of the capital.

More than 500 firefighters assisted by 300 soldiers continued to guard the area north-east of Athens against any new flareups.

Fire brigade …

24 Aug 2009 description

Athens_(dpa) _ Firefighters battled raging wildfires approaching Athens for the third straight day Monday, burning houses and forests while forcing thousands to flee their towns.

Easing winds in the early hours offered firefighters some hope as water-dropping planes and helicopters resumed operations at first light, assisted by aircraft from Italy, France and Cyprus.

24 Aug 2009 description
  • Fire-fighters say main blaze has subsided

    - Risk of flare-ups still high

    - Government criticised for fire handling

    By Renee Maltezou and Dina Kyriakidou

    ATHENS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Helped by a lull in winds, fire fighters on Monday beat back wildfires that swept through suburbs of Athens and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

    The government, however, faced criticism over its handling of the crisis which could hurt its prospects in an expected snap election later this year.

    A dozen Greek, Italian and French fire-fighting planes battled …

24 Aug 2009 description

Aug 24 (Reuters) - A huge wildfire that tore through scores of homes and thousands of acres of forest near Athens, forcing thousands of residents to flee, started to recede on Monday.

24 Aug 2009 description
report Government of Spain

En estrecha colaboración con las autoridades griegas

- Se trata de dos aviones Canadair 415

- A través del Mecanismo de Cooperación en Protección Civil de la Unión Europea

En respuesta a la solicitud del Gobierno de Grecia, el Gobierno de España ha dispuesto que, dentro del dispositivo aéreo que en estos momentos está interviniendo en Grecia se sumen dos aviones CL-415 "Canadair", del 43 Grupo de Fuerzas Aéreas del Ejército del Aire, bajo mando operativo del general jefe de la UME y a disposición del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino para …

24 Aug 2009 description

Several forest fires have occurred since August 21, 2009 in the prefecture Attica, north-eastern of Athens, Greece. The fires, fanned by strong winds, destroyed thousands of hectares of forest land, farming fields and olive groves. Many residents had to be evacuated from their homes. ZKI/DLR is monitoring continuously the fire situation in Europe with the help of MODIS Fire Information System. Thereby ZKI uses the ground stations of the German Remote Sensing Data Center and processes the data automatically.

23 Aug 2009 description
  • Thousands flee Greek fires fanned by strong winds

    - Fires a test for conservative government

    - Foreign help arrives but flights suspended

    By Renee Maltezou and Dina Kyriakidou

    ATHENS, Aug 23 (Reuters) - A huge wildfire fanned by strong winds cut a swathe of destruction near Athens on Sunday, burning houses, razing large patches of forest and sending thousands fleeing their homes, authorities said.

    Efforts to fight the blaze from the air were suspended as night fell and the fire raged unchecked for a third day, testing state resources and the conservative …

22 Aug 2009 description

Reference: IP/09/1248

The European Commission has activated the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection following major forest fires

Due to the extreme weather conditions and severe forest fires Greece today activated the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection and requested assistance with aerial means. The most dangerous fires are in North-East Attica. Within one hour Italy offered help with two Canadair CL-415 amphibian water-bombing aircraft.