Firefighters fight a major fire in Greece for the third day. Experts and associations already speak of an “ecological disaster of immense magnitude”

The fire surrounds several houses in Schinos, near CorinthVALERIE GACHEAP

Firefighters fight this Saturday, for the third day in a row, the first big fire the 2021 and Greece. A fire that experts already call a “huge ecological disaster” in the natural habitat area protected from Geraneia, West of Athens.

The fire, which started on the coast of Gulf of Corinth last Wednesday night, is “one of the most important of the last 20-30 years, and also it happened this month, very early in the season, “lamented the fire chief, Stefanos Kolokouris, on the television channel ANT1.

The improvement of weather conditions allowed to control the main front of the fire on Friday afternoon; However, “there are several active fires scattered” this Saturday in the Geraneia mountainous massif, north of the Corinthian isthmus, as indicated by firefighters.

Ms de 270 firefighters, supported by sixteen aircraft, are still deployed and assisted by the army. Firefighters remain wary of a possible resumption of fire in these rugged mountains.

As soon as the disaster is fully under control, the magnitude of the damage will be evaluated, has assured Civil Protection, although experts and associations already speak of an “ecological disaster of immense magnitude”, as the newspaper has pointed out Avghi.

The dense and so far well preserved pine forest has burned 54%, according to the same newspaper. 6.1% of the surface of the massif belongs to the spaces protected by the red Natura 2000, which brings together natural or semi-natural areas of the European Union with a exceptional flora and fauna.

In order to Euthymios Lekkas, a professor of environmental disaster management at the University of Athens, is also “a huge ecological disaster that will require work to prevent future landslides and terrible floods next fall.” “The flames burned more than 55 square kilometers of pine forests”, has lamented on the public channel ERT.

Until now, no victims have been registered, but around ten houses have been damaged and destroyed.

At the scene of the fire, different volunteers tried this Friday to help injured, burned or dehydrated animals by providing them with first aid, water and food.

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