- Title: GREECE: MORE THAN 100 NEW FOREST FIRES BREAK OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY
- Date: 13th July 2000
- Summary: VARIOUS VILLAGES, DISTRICT OF CORINTH (JULY 13) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 1. MV: FIRE ENGINE ARRIVING WITH LIGHTS ON 0.05 2. LV: ROAD ON FIRE 0.10 3. MV: FIRE TRUCKS LOADING WITH WATER 0.15 4. GV: VILLAGES WITH SMOKE OVERHEAD 0.20 5. LV: FIRE IN FRONT LAWN OF HOUSE 0.26 6. SV: PEOPLE WITH BAGGAGE EVACUATING THEIR HOMES 0.35 7. LV: THICK DENSE SMOKE IN FRONT OF HOUSE FROM FIRE, MAN RUNS FROM HIS HOUSE 0.40 8. LV: BUSHES IN FRONT OF HOUSE ON FIRE 0.46 9. WIDE OF FIRE ON HILLS 0.51 10. PAN: CAR PASSING FIELDS ON FIRE 0.59 11. MV: CAMERA OPERATOR AND OTHERS RUNNING TO ESCAPE FIRE WHICH CHANGED DIRECTION 1.05 12. LV: WALL OF FIRE ACROSS ROAD IN TOWN 1.10 13. SLV: VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS TRY TO APPROACH FIRE WHICH IS CHANGING DIRECTION 1.17 14. TRACK: PEOPLE RUNNING FROM FIRE COMING IN THEIR DIRECTION 1.23 15. LV: SIDE OF ROAD ON FIRE 1.30 16. LV: INTERSECTION IN VILLAGE ON FIRE 1.34 17. SV: VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER TRYING TO KEEP FIRE AT BAY 1.40 18. SLV: WALL OF FIRE OVER FIRE TRUCK 1.42 19. LV/SV: FIRE/TRUCK FIRING WATER INTO BLAZE (2 SHOTS) 1.51 20. SLV/MV: HOUSE BURNING (2 SHOTS) 2.01 21. SV: FIREMAN BREAKING WINDOW OF HOUSE AND SPRAYING WITH HOSE 2.11 22. MV: OTHER HOUSE BURNING 2.17 23. LV/WS: HILLTOP CONSUMED BY FLAMES, WITH FIRE ENGINE SPRAYING WATER (2 SHOTS) 2.28 24. SCU: WOMAN TO VILLAGE AND YELLING TO OTHER VILLAGERS: "My husband, my husband is up there! He is still up there!" 2.34 25. SLV: PEOPLE LEAVING THEIR HOMES WITH BAGS 2.40 26. SLV: FIRES AROUND HOUSES 2.45 27. MV: FIREFIGHTER TACKLING HUGE FLAMES 2.51 28. VARIOUS OF HOUSES ON FIRE (4 SHOTS) 3.11 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 28th July 2000 13:00
- Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS, DISTRICT OF CORINTH, PELOPONNESE PENINSULA, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Reuters ID: LVA988GKZN442EAPYLL8ZWZIX9C3
- Story Text: More than 100 new forest fires have broken out in
Greece, fanned by strong winds that hampered efforts to
extinguish fires raging since a heatwave 10 days ago caused
tinderbox conditions across the country.
Walls of flames have destroyed homes and crops and made
people run from their villages in panic.
Several local authorities declared states of emergency
on Thursday (July 13) as hundreds of firefighters battled to
extinguish forest and bush fires on the mainland and on
holiday islands. Swirling winds hampered efforts and prevented
fire-fighting planes and helicopters from flying. A number of
villages and a monastery were evacuated in hit regions. People
were leaving their homes in panic as the fire kept changing
directions and flames swept across roads and properties.
Residents in villages in the district of Corinth, on the
Peloponnese peninsula, an agricultural region, saw their homes
and crops burned down as firemen battled blazes around at
least five villages. Many packed their belongings and
evacuated the area. In one area fires came dangerously close
to oil refineries.
The mainland prefectures of Corinthia, west of Athens, and
Achaia, in the Peloponnese, were among the worst hit, with
remote houses and villages under threat from the wildfires.
Smoke, carried by winds, drifted as far as Athens.
There were fires at Mandra in Attica, on the outskirts of
Athens, and at Krioneri, 20 km (12 miles) north of Athens.
There was even a small brush fire in the Athens suburb of
A fire at Agious Theodorous, west of Athens, led to the
temporary closure of the main Athens-Corinth motorway as a
precaution, while hundreds of panic-stricken residents got
into their cars and evacuated the region.
Other, smaller fires were reported on the eastern Aegean
islands of Chios and Rhodes, away from the main tourist areas.
The latest fires to hit Greece come as the devastating
forest fires on the eastern Aegean holiday island of Samos,
that started seven days ago, were finally brought under
control by nearly 1,000 firefighters and 70 fire engines.
The fires have so far killed an elderly woman, destroyed
thousands of hectares of forest and farmland and burned
The very hot temperatures and dry weather recently
experienced by the whole Balkan region have started to abate,
but strong winds are expected to continue in the coming days.
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