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US fire chief defends Greek Govt over blazes September 8, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece News.

The top fire expert in the United States has defended the Greek Government against claims it should have done more to stop a recent spate of forest fires that claimed 66 lives.

US fire chief Tom Harbour has been in Greece offering technical support and advice including helping to track down arsonists.

The Government has always said many of the fires were deliberately lit and Mr Harbour supports this view.

“The fires that you read about here in Greece almost always are human-caused or arson fires,” he said.

“Mother nature with her lightning typically brings some moisture, typically strikes ridge tops. She doesn’t go down to the bottom of a ridge, she doesn’t pick the windiest driest day to start a fire.”

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