Several Greek towns and villages are evacuating their residents as a large wildfire rages through the area. Fire officials say the situation is difficult, and the prevailing wind is not helping either. The Athens Fire Brigade is hoping the wind will slow down the pace of the flames. Skai TV broadcast pictures of a burning home and police warning people to evacuate. Giorgos Papanikolaou, the mayor of Glyfada, says the fire began at a high-voltage electricity power plant.
A large fire has destroyed thousands of acres of rich forest near Athens’ northeastern suburbs, forcing residents to flee their homes. The fire broke out Tuesday in the pine forest near Mount Parnitha and has spread to homes in the suburbs of Varibobi and Tatoi. Firefighting aircraft were unable to fly because of the high temperatures and had maintenance problems. Several people died and several more were injured as flames spread through the area.
Several wildfires raged outside Athens on Wednesday, causing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and forcing the evacuation of villages. One fire was so big that it threatened an ancient archaeological site. The European Union sent emergency aid to Greece and other countries in southeast Europe to help put out the blazes. The fires occurred just days after a major wildfire burned at least 100 homes near the capital.
Fire officials are calling for an evacuation in the town of Vari, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) northwest of Athens. Residents in the area received a text message from the Greek Civil Protection ordering them to leave their homes. They were being forced to evacuate because the fire had spread and was moving towards their homes. Six water-bombing aircraft and 20 fire engines are battling the blaze. Residents were urged to close doors and windows to avoid exposure to smoke and hazardous sparks. A fire official told the local media that arson was suspected and that four people were detained for questioning.
A large wildfire has raged in the area north of Athens, destroying scores of homes and hundreds of acres of forest. While the fire had receded by Saturday, it still has a high risk of flare-ups. In addition to this, many other parts of Greece have also experienced wildfires. Some of them destroyed homes, destroyed businesses, and killed livestock. The wildfires in the northern region of Greece have burned down homes, but the area north of Athens was the worst hit.
Greek authorities ordered the evacuation of villages near the site of the ancient Olympic Games after a wildfire destroyed dozens of buildings and threatened the lives of residents. The fire is one of nearly two dozen raging across the country. In addition to Greece, fires have also damaged towns in Turkey and Croatia. A total of 200 firefighters are being deployed from other European Union countries to help put out the flames.
The fire was fueled by record heatwave and has destroyed several homes in the area. Some residents have lost electricity, but power has since been restored to many. In addition to homes, the blaze has burned businesses and is getting closer, with officials hinting that some will have to evacuate. The fires are so large that firefighters are working around the clock to put out the flames. Strong winds are a major concern as they will spread the blazes.
Mount Parnitha national park
A large wildfire that raged through the foothills of Greece’s Mount Parnitha national park is nearly out. The blaze threatened nearby equestrian centers and residential neighborhoods. Authorities say that climate change is to blame for the fire’s spread. Hundreds of firefighters and fire trucks have been drafted in to battle the blaze.
The blaze was contained by Thursday evening, but not before threatening homes in the town of Pefki. Residents and tourists fled to the port of Arkitsa, 150 km northwest of Athens. Smoke hung in the orange-gray air, and people flocked to the pebble beach. A ferry carrying evacuees arrived in Arkitsa on Sunday evening. People were displeased at the lack of assistance from local authorities.
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In southern Greece, thousands of residents have been evacuated as wildfire burns through forests. The blaze, which started on Aug. 3, destroyed scores of homes and other buildings and destroyed farms. Greece is suffering the worst heat wave in 30 years, and the fire has forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. Fire crews are struggling to contain the fire, but many have reported breathing difficulties.