Forest fires are burning on the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea and on the island of Leros in the Aegean on Friday. Two villages were evacuated on Corfu and the hospital on Leros.
The fire broke out in Kritika by Leykimi and near the villages Nerochori and Palaiochori.
The Civil protection ordered the evacuation of these two villages for preventing reasons.
By 6 o’ clock in the afternoon, the blaze had burned 80 acres of olive trees and bushes.
The fire broke out in Merikia area at noon and several hospital wards had to be evacuated for preventive reasons as the blaze was near.
Due to the flames and the smoke, traffic was interrupted and some 50-60 people were trapped in the beaches. They were removed by vessels of the Greek Coast Guard.
Fire extinguishing efforts were carried out by the municipal services, security forces stationed on the island, aerial means and volunteers – residents of Leros. Firefighters of the EMAK were transferred to the island with a Super Puma helicopter.
There is no Fire Service on the island.
The fire was reportedly under control by early evening.
UPDATE: Police on Leros arrested a 20-year-old foreign national who lived on the island as responsible for the forest fire. Locals claimed migrants from the hot spot were smoking hookahin the woods.
Fires Warning for August 24, 2019
The Civil Protection has issued a warning of “very high risk” of fires for Saturday, August 24, 2019.
At very high risk are the following regions:
Attica, Viotia, Evia, Skyros, Evros, Samothraki, Limnos, Chios, Kythera, Lakonia, Arkadia, Argolida, Corinth, Achaia and Ilia.
Orange marks “very high risk”, Yellow “high risk”.
In the last 24 hours, the Greek Fire Service had ton intervene in 45 forest fires across the country.