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Wildfires burn down pine forest on Spetses, rage in SE Attica

Wildfires season: Wildfire rage on several fronts in South-Eastern Attica and on the island of Spetses in the Saronic Gulf. Huge operations under way with firefighters, water dropping aircraft and helicopters.

The fire on one of the most beautiful islands in the Saronic Gulf broke in the area Agioi Anargyroi  Tuesday noon. The strong winds have spread the fire into several directions. Thousands of acres have burned down, media report.

There are resident and summer houses in the broader area, no damage has been reported so far.

The mayor of Spetses told media that the fire went through 10to 11 summer houses, however, no damage has been reported.

More than 30 firefighters and two troops on foot with 13 people are battling on the ground.

In operation are also three water dropping aircraft and two helicopters.

They want to combat the wildfire before the night falls.

“If we don’t manage to extinguish the fire by the evening, we will face a very dangerous situation as it will move towards the settlement,” mayor Panagiotis Lyrakis said in the afternoon.

The fire broke out around 12:30. The reason remains unknown. The mayor suspects either arson or spark from a power column. He said that he will file a law suit against unknown defendants.

Άνθρωποι βλέπουν τη μεγάλη φωτιά από παραλία του νησιού - ΦΩΤΟ REUTERS

Black smoke has covered the sky in Ntapia area between the old and the new port.

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The wind keeps changing direction with the effect that new fires  break out and the operation of fire combating means is getting more difficult.

Kalyvia, Attica

Two fire fronts in Kavyvia in Sourth-East Attica have been largely taken under control.

One of the fire broke out on Monday, when a local resident decided to set grass in a land plot on fire, despite the fact that strong winds were blowing.

And the Civil Protection had issued relevant warnings. For one more time this summer.

Video released by the Greek Army: Shinook helicopter in operation against the fire in Kalyvia.

Another fire broke out in Anavyssos, some 2.5 km from Kalyvia. According to latest reports the fire is under control. No injury or damage has been reported. there are many summer house sin the area.

The fire in Kalyvia burned down more than 10,000 acres.

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