Greek authorities on Monday evacuated 1,200 children from holiday camps near the city of Corinth due to a forest fire. The fire is raging near a residential area of Loutraki. There are also problems near the capital Athens.
People were evacuated from the area southeast of Athens as a precaution. Several houses and cars were destroyed by fire.
Firefighters said a man suspected of setting the fire was arrested. The fire broke out around noon in the village of Kouvaras, about 25 kilometers from Athens.
According to Greek media, the fire was fueled by strong gusts of wind. About two hundred firefighters and twenty soldiers were deployed to fight the fire. 68 firefighting vehicles and sixteen firefighting planes and helicopters are deployed.
In the other fire – near the city of Corinth – between fifty and sixty extinguishers are deployed. These are supported by seven firefighting aircraft.
Risk of further forest fires
Greek authorities warn that the risk of forest fires will remain very high in the near future due to extreme drought and high winds.
Like other southern European countries, Greece will experience high temperatures this week. It’s not the only country where wildfires are raging, either.
Thousands of people were evacuated to the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday. In Croatia, firefighters had to move on Friday to contain a major forest fire. And in France, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter died trying to put out a forest fire, the French interior minister wrote. Twitter.
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