Three dozen blazes put out in 24 hours
Greece’s firefighting services were called to put out 36 forest fires within 24 hours as high temperatures created tinder-dry conditions, sources said yesterday. Of the 36 fires, the majority were doused in the initial stages, according to the fire department. Most of the other blazes – on Zakynthos, in the Cretan prefecture of Ierapetra, in Diminio near Volos and on the island of Kythera – were under partial control yesterday. With another heatwave forecast for this week, authorities have appealed to citizens to avoid activities that could set off forest fires. Meanwhile, a 42-year-old man was arrested yesterday for inadvertently causing a fire in forested area in the region of Venerianika-Koumaro on the island of Kythera in southern Greece. The suspect reportedly sparked the blaze while smoking his beehives on Sunday.