The big fire in Varybobi is still in full swing, where all the forces of the Fire Brigade remain and operate, which have been strengthened by all of Greece, while with the first light of day they operate from the air 5 aircraft and 9 helicopters.
The 4 fronts, as Nikos Hardalias explained, have been limited to one, the other three fronts are in recession. The battle to bring fire under control is titanic.
At the point they operate 520 firefighters, with 17 groups of hikers, 150 vehicles, METPE and the mobile business center OLYMPUS. They have mobilized and will periodically try 5 A / F and 9 Ε / Π. Assistance is provided by the Greek Army with infantry units and aerial firefighting equipment. also, assisted by EL.AS., numerous volunteer groups as well as aquifers and construction machinery.
Fire Varybobi aerial
It is noted that part of Kryoneri was evacuated at night, with a message from 112, located on Anoixeos Street near the forest area. An evacuation order was given yesterday for Varybobi, Olympic village, Adams and Thrakomakedones. There are very large outbreaks of fire throughout the area, while dozens of homes and businesses have been completely burned or damaged.
fire Varybobi disasters
fire Varybobi disasters
In the morning, the traffic on the side road of the Athens-Lamia national road was stopped, from Eleon Street to the stream to Varybobi. Tatoiou from Kymi to Eritrea remain closed, Eritrea from the Varybombis bridge and Tatoiou from Parnithos (Hippocrates State tavern "Lambros").
The representative of EL.AS Anna Efthymia this morning addressed a request to the drivers not to develop high speeds on the Athens National Road – Lamia due to the very low visibility due to the fire in Varybobi.
Mitsotakis from Varybobi: We had no loss of life, the evacuation system worked - The difficulties are ahead of us
The coordination of the forces is done by the Mobile Coordination Center of Operations "Olympus", where the prime minister went, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and there is already the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias.
"It was another extremely difficult night. The work done by the hikers on all four fronts bore fruit. From 4 fronts the dawn found us with an active, the rest is in recession. There is still a lot of work to be done in the field, in the ravines, but I think all the men and women in the fire department are trying to give their best. ", said after the meeting Mr.. Hardalias. As he informed, during the night, additional removals and evacuations took place. "The heat load was great, the fact that the winds had fallen helped us. There was a relative apnea, the humidity had risen relatively and with the work done by the hikers we managed to reduce the fronts. Now the air forces have a specific mission to close the fronts so that we can go to a delimitation of the situation ", continued Mr.. Hardalias referring to the design from now on.
"A big thank you to the men and women of the fire brigade, a very important job was done all night mainly by the hiking departments. We faced an extremely difficult fire in extreme heat conditions. The most nightmarish fires are those that take place in the suburban forests. I consider it a positive fact that thank God so far we have not had any loss of human life because the evacuation system worked perfectly, our critical infrastructure has withstood us. The work of recording the damages will start immediately. The houses will be rebuilt, the forest with time will become again, but the difficulties are still ahead of us. We still have some days of heat and winds, I will ask everyone to stay alert so that the damage that will be done from now on is as small as possible ", The Prime Minister said on his part while expressing a big thank you again to all those who tried at the front and "with so much self-denial they faced an extremely difficult situation".
Lekkas for fire in Varybobi: Self-ignition due to high temperatures, fuel and lack of moisture
The professor of Natural Disaster Management of EKPA reported today on the fire of Varybobi, and president of OASP, Efthymis Lekkas. "We are dealing with a self-ignition due to the high temperatures, of the lack of moisture and fuel that existed. The area is environmentally sensitive and due to morphology, since its morphology on a large scale resembles a funnel between Parnitha and Penteli, which has exacerbated this situation ", described the professor.
fire Varybobi disasters
SOS from the National Observatory for the fire in Varybobi - Recommendations from the Ministry of Health
Meanwhile, the thick smoke from the fire in Varybobi has created a suffocating atmosphere in much of Attica.. The strong smell of smoke, but also a cloud has flooded areas in the western and northern suburbs, even in the center of Athens.
fire Varybobi smoke
For those reasons, the National Observatory of Athens sounded the alarm about the state of the atmosphere early, dawn, due to the large fire in the wider area of Varybobi.
Through its facebook page, the National Observatory reports:
"August 4 05:00: The situation in many areas of Athens is now bad in terms of harmful PM2.5 particles (fine inhaled particles, with a diameter of about 2,5 micrometers and smaller). We draw the attention of the inhabitants of the basin to remain inside their homes with hermetically sealed windows and doors.
From the European air quality measurement platform PurpleAir: Real-time Air Quality Monitoring based on the new generation of "Internet of Things" sensors. Units are in micrograms per cubic meter. The values displayed are unaccountable and must be divided by one factor 1.8 about".
For its part, the Ministry of Health gives instructions to the citizens, to address air pollution from particulate matter due to fires that have broken out across the country.
People with respiratory problems
People over 65 years
They should avoid any physical activity-activity outdoors.
also, It is recommended to avoid staying outdoors, especially in areas with increased traffic.
People with asthma may need more frequent sedation inhalations. In case of persistent symptoms, communication with the treating physician is recommended.
Every person is advised to avoid any physical exercise outdoors and to limit the time spent outdoors, especially in areas with increased traffic.. Doors should be maintained during his stay indoors, balcony doors and windows closed.
Fire in Varybobi: The circuits that were turned off are in operation, improved image in power supply
End, As far as the electricity network is concerned, the situation is improved as at dawn the Transmission System circuits that had gone out due to the fire in Varybobi were restored..
This is the dual high voltage circuit 400 kV between Agios Stefanos and Acharnes and the high voltage circuit 150 kV ‘Agios Stefanos-Chalkidona-Olympic Village.
However, the system is still called to face difficult conditions due to high temperatures, of high demand but also of the additional problems that may arise from fires.
Demand according to forecasts is expected to move today – record, near 11.000 megawatts while wholesale electricity prices are also at high levels. Large electricity consumers are also ready for cuts in electricity demand (industries).