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Heat and powerful winds – firefighters battle forest fireplace close to Athens

Flames near a house in Keratea near Athens Flames near a house in Keratea near Athens

Flames close to a home in Keratea close to Athens


Firefighters in Greece are battling a big forest fireplace that broke out close to Athens. At least three homes had been destroyed. Residents in six areas had been requested to depart their properties.

NAccording to media stories, a forest fireplace has damaged out close to the Greek capital Athens and is threatening to unfold to homes attributable to sturdy winds. According to the information company ANA, the fireplace began on Sunday morning within the Keratea area round 20 kilometers south of Athens. Around 140 firefighters are reportedly battling the flames with quite a few autos and several other plane. According to the broadcaster ERT-News, a minimum of three homes have already been destroyed by the fireplace.

Residents of six areas close to Athens had been requested to depart their properties. A forest fireplace broke out in the identical area on Saturday, however was introduced below management.

A firefighter tries to contain the forest fire

A firefighter tries to comprise the forest fireplace


A big forest fireplace additionally raged on the island of Serifos, which, in keeping with Mayor Konstantinos Revintis, broken homes, huts, warehouses and chapels. “The southwest of Serifos was completely ablaze,” he stated on Mega TV. The fireplace brigade was capable of carry the fireplace below management early Sunday morning.

More than 40 fires in Greece

With wind speeds of greater than 100 kilometers per hour in some locations, greater than 40 fires had been reported in Greece on Saturday. The Ministry of Civil Protection predicted a really excessive fireplace threat of class 4 for Sunday within the Attica area with the capital Athens, the Peloponnese peninsula, the island of Crete, the areas of the northern and southern Aegean, and central Greece.

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis known as on folks to arrange for a troublesome forest fireplace season in his weekly on-line media publish. “The difficult times are still ahead of us,” he stated. The nation has already needed to take care of the warmest winter this 12 months and an unusually early heatwave with temperatures of as much as 44 levels Celsius.

Last 12 months, 20 folks died in forest fires in Greece. According to the National Observatory of Athens, the flames scorched nearly 175,000 hectares of forest and agricultural land.