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  • #61
    Appeal from Malaysia goes out for Il-76 waterbombers
    http://www.vadscorner.com/internet67.html

    In 1997, during The HAZE last time, when MAFFs responded,
    two things happened:

    (a) the Russians offered to come out with IL-76s for the
    price of fuel alone - and were rejected; and

    (b) the National Guard, who responded with C-130s stated
    in a brief following the mission that planes with better dump
    capacity (IL-76s) should have been used.

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    • #62
      JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Thursday
      to release rain-inducing chemicals into clouds in a desperate
      attempt to extinguish forest fires that have shrouded the two
      nations in a choking haze, an official said.
      Indonesia's forestry minister held an emergency meeting with
      Malaysia's environment minister in the city of Medan to discuss
      hundreds of fires that have been burning out of control on
      Indonesia's Sumatra island for the last week.
      Winds have blown most of the thick white smoke across the narrow
      Strait of Malacca to Malaysia, which imposed a "haze emergency"
      Thursday in its biggest harbor and a tourist spot where air
      pollution exceeded hazardous levels.
      The haze has blanketed Kuala Lumpur and surrounding towns in a
      pall of noxious fumes, smelling of ash and coal, in the country's
      worst environmental crisis since 1997, sparking serious health
      concerns.
      The ministers agreed to try to douse flames by seeding clouds
      with chemicals in a bid to induce rain, said Koes Saparjadi, a
      senior official at Indonesia's Forestry Department. "But we still
      have not decided where or when the rain-making project will be
      implemented," he said.
      While cloud-seeding has its advocates, many scientists insist
      there is no solid evidence to show that it works.
      Many of the 300 fires in the Indonesian provinces of North
      Sumatra, Central Kalimantan and Riau have been set by farmers,
      plantation owners and miners trying to clear land, said Khairul
      Zaenal, a local forestry officer.
      Damage in Indonesian cities and towns was limited, he said,
      although haze covering large swathes of countryside has reached a
      dangerous level.
      Indonesia was struggling to battle the fires, and a clearly
      frustrated Malaysia offered to help. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad
      Badawi called Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on
      Wednesday, saying he was prepared to dispatch firefighters to the
      area if need be.
      Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, is 1,400
      kilometers (900 miles) northwest of Jakarta.

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      • #63
        The question remains: Why, during The HAZE last time,
        did the international community reject the IL-76
        waterbombers and go with airplanes whose notoriously
        poor canopy penetration capability virtually assured mission
        failure....the admitting of which failure went on the
        National Guard record following the attempt.

        Was this all just for show?

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        • #64
          August 21st

          By JOANA MATEUS
          Associated Press Writer
          LISBON, Portugal (AP)- Firefighting aircraft from Italy and
          Germany were due to arrive in Portugal later Monday after the
          Lisbon government said it could no longer control raging forest
          fires and appealed for help.
          On Sunday two Canadair water tank planes from France and one
          from Spain arrived in Portugal on Sunday afternoon to help fight
          more than 60 wildfires gripping the country from north to south,
          firefighters said. A third of these were burning in the northern
          districts of Viseu and Viana do Castelo.
          On Monday, a Canadair from Italy plus three helicopters from
          Germany with 25 anti-fire specialists aboard were expected to
          arrive in the fire stricken country to add to the international
          task force.
          On Saturday Portugal asked the European Union for help in
          fighting massive wildfires as the Interior ministry admitted it
          could no longer cope with dozens of blazes burning through forests
          and farmland without external help.
          Portugal's worst drought in years has helped the flames spread.
          So far, 11 firefighters and four civilians have been killed in this
          year's fires, while 50 houses have been destroyed.
          The most serious fire was in the Pampilhosa da Serra region, in
          the district of Coimbra, 196 kilometers (122 miles) north of
          Lisbon. Although the fire had seemingly been extinguished last
          Wednesday after burning for five days, the flames flared up again
          on Friday, forcing several villages to be evacuated.
          So far, 30,000 hectares (74,130 acres) of the region's 39,000
          hectares (96,369 acres) have been destroyed, and 200 firefighters,
          74 fire trucks and three firefighting planes and helicopters were
          battling the flames in the area. Fires were also ablaze in the
          districts of Aveiro, Braga, Braganca, Coimbra, Leiria, Porto,
          Santarem, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real and Viseu.
          On Sunday President Jorge Sampaio asked all employers to release
          any employees who also work as firefighters so that they could help
          fight the blazes. "I appeal to all employers to release your
          firefighter employees to help fight this terrible tragedy," he
          said after attending a briefing at the Lisbon firefighters
          headquarters. "We have a vast corps of volunteers and we need them
          all on the field," Sampaio said.
          The President thanked the international community for the help
          that has been arriving in the country and also asked the Portuguese
          to unite in the face of a "demanding and difficult moment".
          Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Jose Socrates visited Pampilhosa
          da Serra and praised the firefighters.
          "This weekend has been extraordinary and the firefighters'
          effort has been extraordinary as well," Socrates said. "We need
          all the help we can get and France's help is already a great
          thing."
          The Prime Minister added a lot needed to be done to understand
          the causes of fires in Portugal. "Right now all we can do is fight
          the fires but we've got a lot of work to do afterwards because
          there are structural causes for fires in Portugal," he said. "The
          country cannot surrender to the notion that we have to go through
          this every year."
          In the Abrantes district, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north
          of Lisbon, several other fires forced villages to be evacuated and
          burned three houses, firefighters said.
          Altogether, some 3,401 firefighters, helped by 956 fire trucks,
          34 national aeroplanes and helicopters, and three foreign
          aeroplanes were fighting blazes in Portugal on Sunday. More than
          200 police officers also arrived in the fire-stricken areas in the
          country's northern and central regions to help evacuate villages,
          block or reopen roads and ensure access for fire trucks and
          ambulances.
          The Armed Forces were also contributing with 600 men to
          monitoring operations in areas where fires had been put out.
          High temperatures together with strong winds, which rekindled
          several fires on Saturday, were also forecast for the coming days.
          Temperatures were expected to reach highs of 36 degrees Celsius (96
          degrees Fahrenheit) in some districts, like Santarem, 78 kilometers
          (49 miles) north of Lisbon. The districts of Viana do Castelo,
          Braga, Porto, Braganca, Viseu, Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria and Evora
          were at the highest possible risk for fires on Monday, weather
          services said.
          Portugal's summer wildfires have so far burned through 140,000
          hectares (345,940 acres), already more than the total area burned
          last year, officials said.
          Last year's fires burned 129,652 hectares (320,370 acres) and in
          2003 - the worst for wildfires in the last two decades - the blazes
          burned 425,000 hectares (1 million acres).

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          • #65
            Spain August 21st

            MADRID, Spain (AP) - Officials in the northwestern Spanish
            province of Galicia on Sunday blamed arsonists for the outbreak of
            more than 180 forest fires that have raged in the region over the
            past two days.
            "Experts have informed us that over 95 percent of the fires
            active over this weekend have been started deliberately," Teresa
            Varela, press spokeswoman for the province's regional government,
            told The Associated Press.
            Varela said that 184 fires broke out on Saturday alone and that
            once extinguished, some fires flared up again in points very close
            to the original outbreaks. More than 20 fires were still burning
            Sunday.
            Almost all of the fires have been concentrated in two regions -
            Pentevedra and Ourense - whereas neighboring Lugo, which has
            extensive forests, is totally free of fire, said Varela.
            Conditions were so bad in some regions that counselor Alfredo
            Suarez Canal warned that "unscrupulous pyromaniacs" had made main
            roads dangerous for traffic due to the risk of fire and heavy
            smoke.
            One firefighter in the town of Xinzo de Limia was jailed
            Saturday pending trial on suspicion of deliberately starting a
            fire, Varela said.
            Galicia has lost 10,076 hectares (24,897 acres) of forest to
            fire so far this month in 1,692 fires, according to figures
            released by the department of environment of the province.
            The Civil Guard's Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) has
            detained 277 people this year on suspicion of deliberately starting
            fires in Spain, more than the total for the whole of last year,
            according to figures released by the service.
            A total of 95,000 hectares (234,745 acres) of forest have burned
            in Spain this year, killing 15 people and forcing 3,300 people to
            be evacuated from 850 homes.

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            • #66
              August 21st

              JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Nearly all of the Indonesian brush
              fires that blanketed neighboring Malaysia with acrid, choking smoke
              have been put out, but underground fires are still burning in peat
              soil, Indonesia said.
              "All areas where the fire happened due to land clearing
              activities ... can be said to have already been extinguished,"
              private radio station El Shinta quoted Forestry Minister Malem
              Sambat Kaban as saying Sunday. "The number of hotspots there can
              be said to be zero - by ignoring five or six small ones."
              However, a local official said a sanctuary for tigers is
              threatened by underground fires still smoldering in peat lands in
              the same area where many of the brush fires had burned on
              Indonesia's Sumatra island.
              About 1,200 firefighters were trying to extinguish the
              underground blazes beneath about 20,000 hectares (49,420 acres) of
              peat lands in Rokan Hilir district of Riau province on Sumatra,
              said Chairul Zaenal of the local environmental controlling office
              in Riau's capital, Pekanbaru.
              Zaenal said the peat fires threaten a nearby 60,000-hectare
              (148,260-acre) conservation zone for Sumatran tigers, as well as a
              protected forest.
              The Indonesian brush fires - mostly set as a cheap but illegal
              way to clear land for plantations, mines and other operations -
              have cloaked large parts of Malaysia, including the main city of
              Kuala Lumpur, with a noxious haze, sometimes pushing the air
              pollution level into the hazardous range.
              The fires, often set during the area's annual mid-year dry
              season, have become a sensitive political issue between Indonesia
              and neighboring countries including Malaysia and Singapore, where
              haze from the fires has occasionally been blamed for annoyance, air
              traffic disruptions, health problems and damage to the crucial
              tourism industry.
              Officials in Indonesia - a vast archipelago struggling with
              poverty and corruption - often say they cannot halt the burning due
              to a lack of resources and personnel.
              "Demands of lands for new estates increases every year in both
              Riau and West Kalimantan provinces, but the commitment of our
              businessmen for environment is still low," Kaban told El Shinta.
              Indonesia has also claimed that Malaysian plantation owners were
              behind some of the fires, a claim Malaysia has denied.
              This year, Malaysia deployed 125 fire fighters to help fight the
              Sumatra blazes. Singapore has routinely helped out by providing
              Indonesia with satellite images of the affected areas.
              Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to lower the fire risk by
              starting cloud-seeding next week over Riau and North Sumatra
              provinces, both on Sumatra island, and in West Kalimantan on Borneo
              island.

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              • #67
                August 22nd

                By JOANA MATEUS
                Associated Press Writer
                LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Wildfires fanned by high winds burned
                out of control Monday, destroying more than 10 houses on the
                outskirts of Portugal's third-largest city and forcing 50 people to
                leave their homes amid the country's worst drought in years.
                The government, no longer able to cope with the more than 25
                fires burning through forest and farmland, called on the European
                Union for help over the weekend.
                France dispatched two firefighting planes Sunday, and the Dutch
                air force was contributing with two Cougar helicopters, each
                capable of carrying 660 gallons of water.
                Spain also delivered a plane, and Italy was expected to send one
                Tuesday. Three helicopters from Germany would also join in the
                operations.
                Most of the fires burned in the northern districts of Viseu and
                Viana do Castelo. Coimbra, the country's third-largest city with
                nearly 110,000 people, was surrounded by two fire fronts,
                firefighters said.
                Flames and smoke could be seen from different parts of the city,
                located about 120 miles north of Lisbon, and the fire had already
                spread to a number of boroughs, firefighters said.
                More than 10 houses on Coimbra's outskirts were burned, and 50
                people had fled their homes, firefighters said. Seven planes were
                dumping water on the fires, but Mayor Carlos Encarnacao said it was
                still moving quickly.
                About 200 firefighters were battling another large fire in
                Abrantes in the district of Santarem, about 50 miles north of
                Lisbon. Traffic on one of the district's highways was disrupted by
                a blaze.
                Nearly 2,000 firefighters, supported by 795 fire trucks and 31
                aircraft, were involved in the nationwide effort.
                The army sent 600 men to monitor areas where fires had been
                extinguished, and civil protection workers stood by in case
                residents had to be evacuated.
                Strong winds rekindled several fires during the weekend, and
                more winds and high temperatures were forecast.
                Temperatures were expected to reach 96 degrees in some districts
                Monday. They were likely to begin dropping only on Wednesday, when
                there was also a chance of mild rain, forecasters said.
                The wildfires have burned through 346,000 acres, already more
                than the total area hit last year, when 320,000 acres were
                destroyed, officials said.
                In 2003 - the worst year in the last two decades - the blazes
                burned 1 million acres, causing losses of $1.4 billion. Portugal
                received $59 million in compensation from the Solidarity Fund that
                year.
                In neighboring Spain, the country's environment ministry said
                that 265,000 acres of forest had been destroyed in wildfires. More
                than 20 fires continued to burn in the northwestern region of
                Galicia, many of them believed to have been started intentionally,
                authorities said.

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                • #68
                  8/23

                  By JOANA MATEUS
                  Associated Press Writer
                  LISBON, Portugal (AP)- Lower temperatures and increased humidity
                  on Tuesday helped firefighters contain about 20 of the 30 fires
                  that have raged in Portugal, but the worst blaze continued to burn
                  on the outskirts of the city of Coimbra, destroying some houses.
                  Police, meanwhile, announced the arrests of four people on
                  suspicion of arson, including one man who used to be a firefighter.
                  The lighter used for setting the fires was also recovered. So far
                  this year 102 people have been arrested for setting fires, police
                  said.
                  More than 300 firefighters were battling the blaze on the edges
                  of Coimbra, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Lisbon, and
                  three firefighting helicopters from Germany were flying in on
                  Tuesday to help.
                  That fire has scorched woodland since Sunday night. It moved
                  into several suburbs of the city of more than 100,000 people on
                  Monday and destroyed 10 houses. About 60 people were forced to
                  evacuate, firefighters said.
                  Twelve fires continued to burn throughout the country Tuesday,
                  most of them in the northern districts of Viseu and Viana do
                  Castelo.
                  Altogether, 2,300 firefighters are fighting flames countrywide,
                  supported by 659 fire trucks and 14 water-dumping aircraft sent
                  from other European countries.
                  About 600 members of the armed forces were also deployed to
                  areas where fire has already been controlled to clear debris from
                  roads and keep watch for new blazes.
                  Weather services said many districts remained at "very high
                  risk."
                  Portugal has asked for help from the European Union. France sent
                  two Canadair firefighting planes on Sunday and Spain sent one. The
                  three helicopters from Germany and another Canadair from Italy were
                  due to start firefighting operations Tuesday. The Dutch air force
                  was contributing two Cougar firefighting helicopters.
                  Despite the overnight drop in temperatures, Tuesday was expected
                  to be hot and dry throughout the country with highs reaching 36
                  degrees Celsius (97 Fahrenheit) in some areas, weather services
                  said. Temperatures were expected to drop slightly on Wednesday.
                  Portugal's summer wildfires have so far burned through 140,000
                  hectares (345,940 acres), more than the total area burned last
                  year, officials said.
                  The EU Commission's spokeswoman Paula Laissy on Monday said
                  Portugal could seek disaster assistance from the European
                  Solidarity Fund, but Prime Minister Jose Socrates said the
                  situation did not yet require it.
                  Member states can ask for compensation when losses surpass 0.6
                  percent of the gross domestic product. In 2003, fires in Portugal
                  caused losses of euro1.2 billion, and the country received euro48.5
                  million in compensation from the Solidarity Fund.
                  Last year's fires burned 129,652 hectares (320,370 acres) and in
                  2003 - the worst for wildfires in the last two decades - the blazes
                  burned 425,000 hectares (1 million acres).

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                  • #69
                    August 24th

                    By JOANA MATEUS
                    Associated Press Writer
                    LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Wildfires flared again around Portugal's
                    third-largest city Wednesday, just hours after firefighters brought
                    them under control after fighting a dozen blazes this week.
                    More than 540 firefighters supported by 150 fire trucks and
                    seven air tankers were battling blazes in the Coimbra district
                    alone. They also were working in the central and northern districts
                    of Porto, Santarem, Vila Real, Viseu.
                    Four more people were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson -
                    raising to 122 the number of people detained this year on suspicion
                    of deliberately starting fires. Eighty people were arrested last
                    year for arson in Portugal.
                    Portugal has had little or no rain for 10 months, with at least
                    75 percent of the country suffering through an extreme drought, the
                    Water Institute said.
                    After days of fires, a cooling fog and higher humidity helped
                    firefighters bring the flames under control Wednesday before they
                    flared up again, officials said.
                    The fire has destroyed at least 10 houses in the suburbs of the
                    city of Coimbra, about 120 miles north of Lisbon. About 50
                    residents were evacuated from villages Tuesday night, officials
                    said.
                    Some residents were due to return to their homes, Coimbra's Gov.
                    Henrique Fernandes said, but many will find a blackened landscape.
                    More than 1,620 firefighters were involved in the effort, and
                    about 600 members of the armed forces were deployed to areas where
                    fires were under control.
                    Several countries, including Spain, Germany, France and the
                    Netherlands, sent pilots and equipment. Slovakia also said it was
                    prepared to send a helicopter.
                    In the Miranda do Corvo area of Coimbra, residents applauded as
                    German helicopters helping to fight the blaze flew overhead,
                    dousing flames with water, the Jornal de Noticias newspaper said.
                    "As soon as they got here, they rolled up their sleeves and set
                    up a communications room," Portuguese air force pilot Mario Marcao
                    told the newspaper.
                    Three French firefighters from a special natural disasters unit
                    in Nice, France, cut short vacations to help out.
                    Women walked long distances to bring drinking water, wine, juice
                    and food to firefighters working days on end. Other residents
                    helped by bringing crews buckets filled with water.
                    Wildfires have killed 15 people, 11 of them firefighters, this
                    year, burning through 445,000 acres, compared with 320,370 acres
                    last year.
                    Other parts of southern Europe also were ablaze. In Spain,
                    enduring its driest year since keeping rainfall records in the
                    1940s, dozens of fires were burning in the northwest Galicia region
                    and other areas.
                    Fires on the Mediterranean island of Corsica scorched 1,480
                    acres of brush in July. Separate fires in France's southern
                    Bouches-du-Rhone region destroyed more than 7,400 acres of brush
                    and pine forest in July. August fires devastated about 1,700 acres
                    of woodland in the Vars and Bouches-du-Rhone regions of
                    southeastern France.

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                    • #70
                      2006

                      Area size of New York City burnt in Spain fires
                      By Jason Webb
                      MADRID, Aug 16 (Reuters) - An area the size of New York City
                      was destroyed in forest fires that raged across northwestern
                      Spain this month, sparking accusations of political incompetence
                      and organised arson, an official said on Wednesday.
                      "A very large area has burnt, about 70,000 hectares," said
                      Emilio Perez, the Galicia region's head of government, adding
                      that many of the hundreds of fires were started on purpose.
                      The area burnt became a political issue when Spain's
                      conservative Popular Party opposition accused the local and
                      national governments, which are both Socialist, of incompetence
                      and disorganisation in fighting the fires.
                      The Popular Party said it worked out from a NASA Internet
                      page that 175,000 hectares had gone up in smoke.
                      After an army-backed emergency effort including 7,000 fire
                      fighters and planes dousing blazes with sea water, all but one
                      fire had been extinguished by Wednesday.
                      But the fires damaged Galicia's tourist economy during the
                      year's busiest month, with beach goers coated in ashes and
                      campers evacuated from tent sites or roped into fire fighting.
                      Police have arrested 30 people for arson and authorities
                      spoke of conspiracies by fire fighters seeking work and
                      villagers exacting revenge on neighbours.
                      One part-time fire fighter was caught in a wood carrying a
                      can of petrol and 14 cigarette lighters. A newspaper published a
                      photograph of tiny parachutes carrying firecrackers dropped onto
                      trees.
                      As suspicions spread, the strain told on some fire fighters.
                      "It's sad you put out fires and they call you a pyromaniac.
                      It's like blaming a doctor for murder," said one, Nacho Penela,
                      speaking to El Pais newspaper.
                      Summer fires are a recurring phenomenon in Spain, where an
                      average 140,000 hectares burned every year from 1990 to 2004.
                      People start almost all of them. But ecologists say the main
                      problem is poor forest management in a depopulating countryside.
                      Most Galician forests are small plots of pine and eucalyptus
                      whose owners rarely bother to clear flammable undergrowth, said
                      Felix Romero, of the World Wildlife Fund/Adena.
                      "Galicia has to restructure its forest sector. Today,
                      Galicia has a forest crisis," Romero said.
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                      • #71
                        Spain--August 16th

                        MADRID, Spain (AP) - Firefighters have extinguished all forest
                        fires in Spain's northwestern Galicia region after nearly two weeks
                        of blazes scorched tens of thousands of hectares (acres) of wood
                        and scrubland, officials said Wednesday.
                        A welcome light rain, meanwhile, fell on Galicia, a pristine
                        region which lies on the Atlantic coast. But officials and
                        ecologists expressed concern that heavier downfalls would cause
                        erosion in now treeless land and send ash-laden runoff into the
                        sea, damaging the region's lucrative fishing and seafood industry.
                        Officials are also grappling with the estimated 10,000 cattle
                        and horses that died or were injured in the fires, the worst in
                        years in Spain's normally misty, green northwest corner.
                        Preliminary estimates were that the fires burned 77,000 hectares
                        of land (190,000 acres) from Aug. 4-15, with a margin of error of 5
                        percent, said Alfredo Suarez Canal, the regional government's head
                        of rural issues.
                        That figure - slightly higher than one given earlier in the day
                        by the regional president - is less than half the amount given by
                        the conservative opposition Popular Party based on what it said
                        were satellite images.
                        The party has accused the regional government, run by the
                        Socialist Party of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, of
                        incompetence in dealing with the forest fires and called for a
                        parliamentary probe.
                        Crews put out the last blaze, near the town of Savinao in
                        eastern Galicia, shortly before 9:30 a.m. (0730 GMT), two hours
                        after it started, a rural environment department official said.
                        Some 1,750 fires broke out in Galicia in the first two weeks of
                        August, a figure authorities said was well above average. Four
                        people have died.
                        Cooler temperatures accompanied by light rains across the region
                        helped the 8,000 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers crews
                        extinguish the fires in recent days.
                        Officials blame arsonists in most cases and 30 people have been
                        arrested on suspicion of arson. Regional prosecutor Alvaro Garcia
                        Ortiz said Monday that many factors cause people to start forest
                        fires deliberately, including wanting to see land rezoned for new
                        homes, turning forest into grazing land or sheer malice.
                        Emilio Perez Tourino, president of the Galicia regional
                        government, told Spanish National Radio on Wednesday that the fires
                        had caused heavy environmental damage.

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                        • #72
                          Sweden---August 16th

                          STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Firefighters were battling a wildfire
                          in northern Sweden on Wednesday that officials called the largest
                          in the country's modern history, but no communities were
                          threatened, authorities said.
                          The fire broke out last week outside the drought-stricken town
                          of Boden, 900 kilometers (560 miles) north of Stockholm, and has
                          since grown to an area of 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres), said Leif
                          Nordstrom, a spokesman for the local rescue services.
                          About 40 people from six nearby villages have been evacuated,
                          but no homes in the sparsely populated area were threatened,
                          Nordstrom said. More than 60 firefighters and seven helicopters had
                          been called in to battle the blaze, he said.
                          He said the fire should be under control within the next few
                          days, but that "it depends a lot on the weather and winds."

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                          • #73
                            August 20th

                            Greek firefighters battle forest fires amid heat wave
                            ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Firefighters battled blazes near Athens
                            and in southern Greece on Sunday and a heat wave prompted
                            authorities to issue fire and public health warnings.
                            Temperatures reached 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) and
                            were expected to stay high Monday.
                            The Fire Service said it had controlled a blaze near Marathon,
                            40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Athens.
                            Two tanker aircraft dropping water were used to tackle a fire in
                            the southern Greek Arcadia region.
                            Municipal officials said dozens of air-conditioned sites, such
                            as gymnasiums and clinics, were open for citizens seeking relief
                            from the sweltering temperatures. In the capital, 26 such locations
                            were available.
                            The state electricity company, DEH, said it had bolstered the
                            national grid to cope with heavy use of air conditioners.

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                              Turkey --August 20th

                              ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish authorities battling forest fires
                              on Sunday evacuated hundreds of panicked tourists touring the
                              purported home of the Virgin Mary in the ancient ruins of Ephesus.
                              The tourists were visiting the tiny stone home that is believed
                              by some to be the home of Jesus' mother. Strong winds brought
                              flames closer, forcing authorities to evacuate them by buses,
                              authorities said. Some tourists left on foot, according to private
                              CNN-Turk and NTV televisions.
                              A local forestry official in the area said the flames were under
                              control and were posing no threat to the house, which tradition
                              holds to be the last earthly home of the Virgin Mary.
                              Each year, tens of thousands tourists visit the house and light
                              slim white candles placed in sand around the edge of the main room.
                              The ruins of Ephesus are located on the Aegean Sea, in western
                              Turkey.

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                                Greece August 21st

                                Tourists evacuated as fire rages in northern Greece
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                                ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Hundreds of tourists and local residents
                                were evacuated late Monday as a forest fire swept through resorts
                                in northern Greece, destroying homes and cars.
                                No injuries were reported as the fire burned out of control on
                                several fronts on the three-fingered Halkidiki peninsula, at the
                                resorts of Polychrono and Hanioti, authorities said.
                                Local officials said there had been indications of arson.
                                Tourists and residents were led to beaches in the area after
                                homes, hotels and campsites were evacuated. Coast guard vessels
                                were preparing to transport some of those evacuated to areas
                                further away from the fire, authorities said.
                                "This is a very difficult fire because it's in an inhabited
                                area," Greek fire chief Andreas Kois told state-run NET
                                television. "The winds are strong and conditions are bad."
                                The fire broke out amid a heat wave across southeast Europe,
                                with temperatures in some areas surpassing 100 degrees. Three other
                                fires were reported in southern Greece and on the western island of
                                Zakynthos.
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