In Greece: Fire on island sparked by fireworks

In Greece: Fire on island sparked by fireworks
In Greece: Fire on island sparked by fireworks

“The fire, caused by fireworks from a boat, burns the only pine forest on the island, in a place that is difficult to access and has no road,” denounced the seasonal firefighters of the island. island on Facebook, supporting photo, sparking anger on social networks.

The fire was quickly brought under control and no longer threatens the Hydra forest. The island’s mayor, Giorgos Koukoudakis, said he was “outraged that some people are throwing fireworks in such an irresponsible way in a pine forest”, on the public television channel ERT. He added that “the municipality would file a civil suit against those responsible for the fire as soon as the preliminary investigation was completed.”

Greece recently toughened penalties for arson. The perpetrators of the fires can now be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to 20,000 euros.

On the TV channel Sky, Mr Koukoudakis also called on authorities to act, highlighting the fact that “the island does not have fire zones or forest roads” allowing firefighters to access certain areas. On Saturday, civil protection called for the greatest vigilance while the risk of fire “remains very high” particularly in the region of Attica, which surrounds the Greek capital, in the Peloponnese (south) and in the center of country.

A 55-year-old man from the village of Myrtia in the Peloponnese died Friday in a forest fire in Greece where 45 new fires fanned by violent winds had been recorded, according to firefighters.

Since Wednesday, authorities have continued to warn of the “very high risk” of forest fire due to strong winds and high temperatures which in some regions reached 40 degrees Celsius.

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