Athens.- Obstructed by very strong northerly winds, the Fire Service proceeds with its dangerous task facing devastating fires that have broken out in various parts of Greece over the past few days. The big fires that broke out Friday in Preveza and Achaea, as well as in Lagonisi, have been placed under control. However, a new front of small scale was spotted in the area between Megara and Alepochori, where fire fighters have rushed to put it out, while fire fighting planes are flying over Attica for possible renewed outbreaks. The state mechanism is on increased alert around the country, as the Civil Protection Authority issued an announcement for possible fires in Attica, Euboea, Fthiotida, Corinthia, Boeotia, Argolida, Cyclades, Chios, Samos, Lesvos, Crete and Samothrace. Citizens are urged to avoid any activity that could cause a fire.
The fire, which broke out on Friday noon at the villages of Kanali and Monolithi in Preveza, was placed under partial control today after a long night of exhausting efforts to put it out by fire fighters and inhabitants.
With the break of dawn, four planes and a helicopter started spraying water, while 75 firemen with 25 engines and 29 more fire fighters on foot are doing their best to put out the fires, as there is great danger of new outbreaks due to the strong winds. The flaming nightmare is estimated to have burnt 500 hectares of forested area and 10,000 olive trees. During the night, three camping sites in the area were evacuated for precautionary reasons, but no houses were burnt, only small greenhouses and a chapel. The Preveza-Igoumenitsa national highway, which was threatened by the fire last night and was blocked off for security reasons, was given back to circulation as of 08:00 this morning.
In the Attica basin, a new fire broke out on Saturday morning in a rural area in Lagonisi. 30 fire fighters with 10 engines rushed on site, as well as two troops on foot, two fire planes and two helicopters that sprayed water to put out the flaming front, a task which was successfully completed after a couple of hours. At the same time, eastern Attica is counting its wounds. According to a rough estimation, the fire burnt down 750 hectares and 60 houses, while fire fighting forces remain in the affected municipalities for possible renewed outbreaks. Government decision to help the people who saw their entire fortunes turn into ashes have already been made and detailed announcements will be issued next week.
The big fire that broke out on Friday in pine-forested areas and crops at the villages of Chiona, Mitopolis and Komi in the Achaea Prefecture. Efforts to put it out were difficult due to the inaccessibility of the area and the strong winds. The prefecture and the municipality contributed significantly to the fire service’s work with special machines, creating fire belts and opening ways for fire engines to pass.
Lastly, one more fire threatening to enter Greek soil from Albania in the area of Mavropoulo, Ioannina, has been placed under control by the Albanian Fire Brigade.