Greek court convicts 5 over negligence in huge 2007 wildfire that killed 36 people


Greek court convicts 5 over negligence in huge 2007 wildfire that killed 36 people

04 December 2012

published by www.washingtonpost.com


Greece — ATHENS — A Greek court has convicted an elderly villager and four local officials on charges of negligence that led to 36 deaths five years ago in one of the country’s worst-ever wildfires.

Judges gave a suspended 10-year sentence to Sofia Nikolopoulou, who was accused of starting the fire accidentally while cooking outdoors in the southern Peloponnese region.

A former local mayor, a regional governor and a fireman received the same sentence for allegedly failing to take sufficient precautions, or not reacting efficiently after the fire started. The court in the southern town of Pyrgos on Tuesday also handed down a suspended five-year sentence to a local fire brigade official.

The August 2007 wildfire ravaged more than 170,000 hectares of land, destroying scores of homes.

All five defendants appealed their convictions.
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 Two summers of unprecedented rain and unusually cool temperatures have left a large fuel load of grass and unburnt forest areas in and around Canberra.

A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.

After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmaXNjum
 The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement

Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.

But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.

Read more:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/red-alert-for-high-risk-of-fires-20121118-29koa.html#ixzz2CmafUgo3
 


 

 

WP-Backgrounds Lite by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann 1010 Wien