Wild fires in Greece: A middle-aged man lost his life while he was volunteering in extinguish a wild fire in West Peloponnese on Friday. In Attica, the mayor of Saronikos called on residents to leave their homes due to a blaze in the south-east of the region.
More than 40 firefighters have been struggling to extinguish a wild fire area between Lagonisi and Saronida of South-East Attica, a couple of kilometers before Cape Sounion. The firefighters are assisted by aerial means.
The fire is reportedly burning low vegetation and the powerful winds blowing with intensity of 7-8 Beaufort do not make the firefighters’ work easy.
The fire broke out around 1 o’ clock Friday noon in a land plot of the area and spread very quickly due to the strong winds.
An hour later, the mayor of Saronikos, Petros Filippoy, called on residents to evacuate their homes, mainly as preventive measure.
The blaze is burning among houses and opposite the Grand Resort.
Thick smoke makes the atmosphere uncomfortable.
Two houses were damaged by the blaze, state broadcaster ERT reported.
A second fire is reportedly burning in Marathonas in East Attica, more or less in the same area as a couple of days ago.
Attica is one of the Greek regions on “very high risk” of forest and wild fires on Friday.
In another wildfire in Andritsaina, West Peloponnese, a man who was volunteering to extinguished a forest fire suffered respiratory problems and died while he was being transported to the hospital. the 57-year-old man was a resident of Kallithea village where the blaze is raging.
The north winds are forecast to strengthen during the day and into the night.
Sea travelers should contact local port authorities and travel agents as the winds may disrupt sea traffic.
The wild and forest fires season ends on October 31.