Villages Evacuated in Athens, Greece due to Large Wildfire

A major forest fire on the coast of the Gulf of Corinth has prompted the evacuation of several villages and monasteries.

“This is the first major fire of 2021 (…) villages have been evacuated as a precaution,” said Greek fire service spokesman Vassilis Vathrakogiannis.

The Greek Fire department reported that 180 firemen,  17 water-dropping planes, and three helicopters have been already deployed to control the fire started outside the resort town of Loutraki.

The fire razed several villages, damaged fishing boats, and destroyed power lines, causing large blackouts.

At least 5,000 hectares of forest have already been razed as the fires continued to spark in several areas.

“The fire was hard to deal with overnight. But the use of aerial means after daybreak was key. The situation did improve after that point but it remains dangerous with fires rekindling at many locations,” said Vathrakoyiannis.

There were no reported deaths or injuries while Greek authorities have not yet reported any missing persons from the evacuated villages. 

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