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Hey Evelyn are you OK with the fires?

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(post #52951, reply #1 of 24)

Fires? Which fires?

I better go google

 


 


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Jean's picture

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Wildfire season in Greece again.  Evelyn and loved ones, stay safe.


Aircraft were mobilized Saturday to help firefighters battle a blaze northeast of Athens, Greece.



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evelyn's picture

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I'm not OK with them, but we're OK.

As Jean put it - wildfire season here, again. <sigh>

Hot weather. Good bit of wind. Arsonists delight (although it has not been put down to arson - yet).

It is in the north-eastern part of Attiki (the prefecture that Athens is in), near the northern suburbs. The sky is black here, and I live in the south-eastern burbs.

Thank you for caring. :-)

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AnnL's picture

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Oh, no, sorry to hear this.  Hope you all stay safe.

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Syrah's picture

(post #52951, reply #5 of 24)

So glad you're okay, dear Evelyn.

I find it so much more upsetting when it ends up being arsonists. Stupid stupid people. They are saying that our summer is going to be long and hot this year, not looking forward to it. Apparently we can expect worse fires than last year. I hope we learned something from last year.

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evelyn's picture

(post #52951, reply #6 of 24)

unfortunately, the people that should be learning, don't. The 'incentive' here in Greece is to free up forested areas for building. As most of you know, Greece is a heavily-forested country (not!) and we really don't need all those darned trees when we could be putting up more concrete, eco-friendly super-villas in their place.

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leonap's picture

(post #52951, reply #7 of 24)

Stay safe, Evelyn! Just saw this on the news. There are plenty here who try to do away with our forests. No thought to what it does to our eco-system or what the next generation will have to contend with because of their greed.

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So sorry.  I thought of you when I heard this on the news last night.  Stay safe.



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shipscook's picture

(post #52951, reply #9 of 24)

Thought of you when I saw that first thing this morning.


Hopefully the winds will settle down!!


We just had awful smoke here from fires in Britsh Columbia. Thank goodness for fire crews and some rain.


Stay Safe,


Nan

Marcia's picture

(post #52951, reply #10 of 24)

I just read about the fires and thought of you and your family. Stay safe, Evelyn.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

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I've been worrying about you - glad to hear that you're safe. Hope weather moderates, and rains come back soon.




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SallyBR1's picture

(post #52951, reply #12 of 24)

So glad you are ok!

We still don't have a TV, Phil just went to the lab because maybe the replacement bulb arrived there. No news for almost two weeks, I feel absolutely out of sync with the world. Had no idea about the fires

take care, Evelyn!

 


 


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Lee's picture

(post #52951, reply #13 of 24)

I can't believe this is happening again.  The film we are seeing on American tv looks very bad, and they're saying some of the ancient temples are in danger.  Is this true?  How close are the fires to your home?


Stay safe.

evelyn's picture

(post #52951, reply #15 of 24)

Marathon is burning now - you can tell by the name what that's important for. There are ancient temples everywhere in Greece - I'm not sure of the ones in that area - except for Marathon, but it is a very bad situation. It is in the northern part of the province, and we live in the southern, so we're very safe. Just devastated to be living this again. Basically, the closer the fire comes to Athens, the easier it will be to put out - all we have is concrete here. The very high winds are making it very difficult to put out the fires. We have lost all our trees.

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evelyn's picture

(post #52951, reply #17 of 24)

sorry, didn't answer your question with regard to actual distance. We're about 20-40 km away - depending on the front. The sky is black (and has been for 3 days) and, even at this distance, I find a thick coating of ash on our balconies every day.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #52951, reply #18 of 24)

I heard this morning that Marathon's temples were spared--and a very poignant interview with a man evacuating from a northern suburb of Athens. He described leaving his home, and expecting it to be gone when they returned. ALSO, that they were leaving sooner than many did in the last wildfires when the people were overtaken and died in their cars!  BUT he did return, and while all the trees were burned or seared, the houses in their area were standing. The fire stopped at his back wall.


Another person in that area described it as "the forested air conditioner where the winds cooled off before going on down into Athens"--much as you have described the need for the landscape.


It is so sad, and we are so sorry.


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evelyn's picture

(post #52951, reply #19 of 24)

It's watching the people with no hope left that's killing me. We lived it so closely just 2 years ago, and here it is again. I don't understand why people who live near wooded areas don't take out fire insurance...other than the fact that it is very expensive as all wooded areas in Greece are considered 'high-rish' because of the constant fear of fires. Still, one would think that insurance must surely be better than rebuilding?

And, ecologically, things are even more tragic. Athens is a concrete jungle. We NEED the forested areas for the oxygen they provide us and their cooling, shady areas. That's all gone. All we can do is gather like moles in our tiny flats and live with the air-conditioning all the time. What will our children inherit. Hopefully, a good thing that may come out of all this is for decentralization - Athens is just too big...but that's another worm because this is where the jobs are (and even those are precious few) and good hospitals, etc. Really no incentive to decentralize, unless you're retired and have a guaranteed income, but then you're older and need that precious proximity to medical services.

Niko just got home from work, unofficially, the word is that someone in the village of Grammatikos (where the fire started) set fire to the dump there to protest it being located there. Obviously, they didn't take the high winds into consideration and the situation soon went out of control. I'm not sure that this is exactly what happened, but it does sound plausible as inhabitants of the area have been protesting it being used as a dump for Athens.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #52951, reply #20 of 24)

I also heard a Greek government spokesman saying that the ecological damage would be addressed in the next days (I assume Greece also has government doublespeak). But he was talking about the air pollution in the city which I also assume was critical even before adding smoke and fire to it.  Maybe a crisis will result in something happening. Again, sorry.

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debe5t's picture

(post #52951, reply #14 of 24)

Stay safe dear evelyn.


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evelyn's picture

(post #52951, reply #16 of 24)

thanks deb - we're ok - just very, very saddened and disheartened.

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
debe5t's picture

(post #52951, reply #21 of 24)

My heart hurts for you and your family ,as you all have had more than your share of fires touching your lives.


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Thinking of you,Deb

Englishmaid's picture

(post #52951, reply #22 of 24)

Hi Evelyn


I'm so sorry and have been monitoring the progress of the fires every day from here - presumed you OK. Is Athens under a pall of smoke or has the wind taken it away ? I know that the city can become very congested . I must be ghastly - our thoughts are with you and those poor people who have had to move away from their homes.


God bless.


R

evelyn's picture

(post #52951, reply #23 of 24)

the fires are mainly out now. Yes, Athens was under a pall of smoke. Talk of planting 70 million seedlings in the next couple of years. No one much believes it cause we all know what that land is really wanted for. I want to move back to Canada more and more.

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In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
shipscook's picture

(post #52951, reply #24 of 24)

thanks so much for update! from the news, looked like things were better, but like hearing it from you!


take care,


Nan