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  1. WILDFIRE NEAR ATHENS, GREECEJune 16, 2012 Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, University of North Carolina, USA

  2. IT’S “FIRE SEASON” AGAIN IN GREECE • Every Summer, Greece faces the nightmare of destructive forest fires linked either to the inevitable heat wave or to arsonists. • In 2007, 80 people died in dozens of major wildfires across Greece

  3. THE FIRE BROKE OUT SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH WHERE WORKERS HAD BEEN WELDING

  4. BAD TIMING • The timing of the unwanted fire coincided with Greece’s election to deal with the economic crisis.

  5. THYMARI, GREECE: JUNE 16, 2012

  6. FIRE FIGHTERS AND VOLUNTEERS: THYMARI, GREECE

  7. ONE OF SEVEN FIRE FIGHTING PLANES: THYMARI, GREECE; JUNE 16

  8. PLANET EARTH HAS THOUSANDS OF “WILDFIRE LABORATORIES” EACH WILDFIRE PROVIDES VALUABLE LESSONS ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

  9. WILDFIRESare conflagrations caused by lightning discharges (or acts of man) in wilderness areas close enough to one or more urban interfaces that they threaten people, property, infrastructure, and business enterprise.

  10. WILDFIRE HAZARDS (AKA POTENTIAL DISASTER AGENTS) • FIRE • HOT GASES AND SMOKE • HOT SPOTS • BURNED OUT SLOPES (with increased susceptibility to insect infestation, erosion, and landslides)

  11. WILDFIRE HAZARDS (AKA POTENTIAL DISASTER AGENTS) • SUNDOWNER WINDS • SANTA ANNA WINDS • LOCAL CHANGES IN AIR QUALITY • LOCAL CHANGES IN WEATHER

  12. WILDFIRES CAN CAUSE HIGH-RISK SITUATIONS Any wildfire can be devastating to people, property, infrastructure, business enterprise, and the environment.

  13. PAST WILDFIRES IN GREECE • Hundreds of other wildfires have raged throughout Greece, most recently in 2009.

  14. ATHENS, GREECE AREA

  15. WILDFIRES NEAR ATHENS: AUGUST 22, 2009

  16. WILDFIRES THREATEN ACROPOLIS: AUGUST 22, 2009

  17. WILDFIRES NEAR ATHENS: AUGUST 22, 2009

  18. WILDFIRES NEAR ATHENS: AUGUST 22, 2009