'ECOLOGICAL DISASTER' FEARED AS GREECE BATTLES FOREST FIRE


23/05/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- A forest fire west of the Greek capital, Athens, has largely contained the flames as the winds subside, officials said.

Fire chief Stefanos Kolokouris said in a statement that the fire in the Geraneia mountain range, 90 kilometers west of the capital, was "one of the largest in 20-30 years."

Kolokouris said firefighters brought the main front of the flames under control late on May 21 as strong winds subsided, but there were still "several active and scattered" fires in the area.

More than 270 firefighters, backed by the army, were deployed to put out the fire, while several volunteers were reported to be supporting the effort.

Euthymios Lekkas, a professor of environmental disaster management at the University of Athens, said the fires burned more than 55 square kilometers of pine forests and other lands, some of the agricultural areas.


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