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New wildfire In Greece

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I am collecting pcs for an article i will be making for my blog, so it is a good chance to share with you.

So 2 days ago, a wildfire burst near a row of seaside villages, which were full of people for the weekend.
the winds pushed the flames upon the houses and reached all over the sea. People went into the water, some where even drowned being carried miles away by the currents.
body count is 50 (rumor of the hour says 100)

Wow.  What were the conditions before this occured?  That had to be intense with so many people on hand yet it couldnt be stopped.

David in MN:
Possibly the worst possible time of year... I'm guessing there was massive congestion because everybody (me included) wants to be on the Greek coast for summer. What a terrible disaster. Thoughts and prayers.

Never seen anything like this.  The gale force wind intensified it to such a degree that the Hellenic Fire Service couldnt contain it despite valliant efforts. Utility poles acted like matches lined up. Much faster than what we tend to see in the US.

some notes to make sense of the pics I posted. And take away some paradigms to heed.

this is a pic of the burned region. notice the housing density, the narrow roads, and the particular road direction. West to east, the fire coming by gale winds from the west.

A look at the burned car pics, will show that they were parallel parked on both sides of the streets with few space left for a single lane, much less 2 lane traffic.

and this is a wider caption. with green line I marked last years wildfire. It pays to get lessons from past events.
the state failed too.
By grave coincidence, few days ago, on the weather prediction page of the state Meteorological service, a model of wildfire progression was posted for a similar region. Seems no one payed attention.

- The fire rampaged so fast through the housed area that people run for their lives, with no plan and to no particular direction, other than the sea. But a group of 26 run for a field, only to find it surrounded by trees and the only open side was a cliff hanging over the sea. they were found burned huddled together.

- things remained crazy and people were evacuate in every possible way and given refuge or hospitalized to whatever place was available. I happened to hear an official shy away from a question whether there were lists made of what camp hosted who. there haven't.
People have resorted to the help of the media and internet to locate their relatives.

- what that particular fire was, is a firestorm. A rare event that cost the lives of 19 US firemen in 2013.
The wind was gusting at 66 miles per hour, it jumped from tree top to tree top, and the fire traveled at the speed of a car. it was going so fast that trees were burned form one side only.

- remarkably houses made of brick and concrete (like the tall one on the pics) remained unscathed while the fire went around them.
A specialist said that people would better seek refuge in them, but this is counter intuitive, isn't it?


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