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Hooray .. Summer is here to Stay
The grapes are doing great, one can eat outside – be it on the own veranda or that of the
next Taverna. The beaches are filling up, the first tzitzikes (cicadas) have started to chant
their sheer endless mating song … the Cretan summer is here.
And with that, we can also expect the recurrence of fire.
In 2007, most of the news was mainly concerned with the devastating fires that ravaged the
mainland and the Peloponnesos, but we shouldn’t forget that we had plenty of fires on Crete
as well – including some that cost lives.
The photographs shown here are from July 2007, when a fire raged very close to the platia of
Megala Chorafia (now: Aptera) with its multiple taverna’s and several residencies.
|We all should take the danger seriously. If you do, you’ll note the number of the fire department
in your diary, be it paper or electronic, and program it into your mobile phone.
The magic number is 199 (fire department directly) and/or the general emergency number 112 –
where the operator also speaks English and French.
Here’s an interesting quote from Prof. Alkiviadis Bais (Greece), one of the 44 scientists
awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 2007, together with Al Gore.
“The most important issues [for Greece] are the desertification of the southern part of Greece
and, of course, the increase of the mean temperature and heatwaves. It will affect everyday life,
from forest fires to the economy and to all ecosystems and people living within them. The
effects will be widespread.”
- from an interview in Athens News 30/05/2008
Neighbours stood on roofs, trying to fend off the danger with simple garden hoses until the
fire brigade arrived and took over with their more professional equipment.
It took a whole afternoon and into the dark hours ‘til the fire, aided by wind, was subdued by
water and human effort.
|Photographs & text copyright © Rufus and Christina Camphausen
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