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    ATHENS, July 21 (Reuters) - More than 100 firefighters
    battled to bring two forest fires under control in Greece on
    Monday, fighting to keep the flames away from homes and a hotel
    complex, officials said.
    One fire burned fiercely near the Aghia Marina district of
    Attica, about 55 km (35 miles) southeast of Athens, fanned by
    strong winds and hot, tinderbox conditions, a fire brigade
    official said. No injuries were immediately reported.
    "It seems to be a very big fire and it is very windy,"
    Leonidas Kouris, a local official, told state television. "The
    fire is spreading on a number of fronts... Several homes are in
    danger," he said.
    A separate forest fire in the Peloponnese, east of Corinth,
    started at around midday and briefly threatened the nearby
    Kalamaki Beach Hotel, before being brought under control.
    The fire official said more than 100 firefighters equipped
    with 20 fire engines, a helicopter and two firefighting planes
    were battling to extinguish the blazes.
    Temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius (93F) combined with
    strong winds have aggravated the forest fires, which are not
    unusual in Greece during the summer months.

    Reut11:10 07-21-03
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    July 7th 2004

    ATHENS, July 7 (Reuters) - One person died as Greek
    firefighters fought to bring a large blaze under control on
    Wednesday in the Mount Parnitha forest region north of Athens,
    with a number of homes already destroyed.
    A police spokesman said the man, aged between 40 and 50, was
    found dead, though the exact cause of death was not known.
    Firefighters said the blaze was not expected to threaten the
    Olympic Village, home for 16,000 athletes and team officials
    during the August 13-29 Summer Games, located on the slopes of
    Mount Parnitha.
    "We are facing a difficult and dangerous situation that is
    aggravated by strong winds," said a fire brigade official.
    Four helicopters and six firefighting planes were spraying
    water on the fire as 100 firefighters and 50 fire engines
    tackled the blaze, officials said.
    The cause of the fire was not known.
    A fire brigade spokesman said the Olympic Village, about
    three to four km (miles) away was "not in danger at the moment."
    REUTERS
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    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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    • #3
      Greece uses the Bombardier scooper, an airplane
      the US would never buy from Canada.

      Comments following Greece's 100 year-worst struggle
      with wildfire in 1998, where the IL-76 waterbomber made its
      'western' debut (outside Russia), were to the effect that
      Greek fire services were a mess. Disorganized.

      Western media coverage of the debut of the Il-76 waterbomber
      was non-existant. Nobody would cover it. Not the BBC;
      not CNN; not anybody but the Greeks.

      What was the upshot of the Greek Il-76 waterbomber performance then, when aircraft from five (5) different nations' firefighting
      aircraft (includes C-130s) were wind-grounded while the
      far bigger, heavier IL-76 waterbomber flew out on missions?

      Greek papers called it a miracle
      and the aircraft that saved Greece.

      The IL-76 performed one of its miracles in
      mountainous terrain, something the US Forest Service
      doesn't want you to know. It also saved the only remaining
      pine forest outside Athens from complete destruction.

      It is shameful in the extreme that the US Forest Service/
      Bureau of Land Management/Secretary of the Interior refuse
      to acknowledge that the Il-76 is the best disaster-mitigating
      firefighting aircraft in the world.

      There are some terrific photos of the airplane here:
      http://www.checksix.de/html/body_solodemos.html
      Last edited by budthespud; 07-08-2004, 09:17 AM.

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