Tinder-dry conditions pose increased threat
As firefighters were still struggling to get a large blaze under control on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos yesterday, another flared up on the southern island of Kythira. The fire on farmland in the vegetation-rich area of Mylopotamos reportedly came close to but did not threaten people’s homes. Five fire engines, four planes and 10 firefighters were involved in the effort. Greece’s fire service has been stretched over the past few days, as the high temperatures, strong winds and an absence of rain have created tinder-dry conditions in many parts of the country – and elsewhere in southern Europe. Yesterday firefighters contained fires on the Saronic island of Spetses, in the region of Ilia in the Peloponnese, in Kavala, northern Greece, as well as near Athens, in the areas of Anavysos and Saronida east of the capital, where four firemen were injured and one home was destroyed on Thursday. The fire on Lesvos is believed to have been the result of premeditated arson, according to the island’s fire chief.