There was a fire in the northwestern Peloponnese of Greece. Four villages were ordered to evacuate. Nearly one hundred firefighters were sent to fight the fire. They also received air support. The surrounding hospitals were put on alert.
The fire broke out on Saturday. It erupted in the northwest of the Peloponnese Peninsula, near the city of Patras. As a result, four villages were ordered to evacuate. Nearly one hundred firefighters were sent to fight the fire. They also received air support.
Hospitals and coast guard on standby
The surrounding hospitals were put on alert. So is the coast guard in case people who are suffocating from the smoke and airborne ash need to be evacuated from the beaches.
The nearby highway and the bridge connecting the Peloponnese with the mainland have been closed, the Greek ANA agency reported.
Since Friday, another heat wave has passed through Greece, the temperature reaches 42-44 degrees Celsius, which increases the risk of further fires.
On Tuesday it happened forest fire in the northern suburbs of Athens. A week earlier, hundreds of firefighters fought a massive fire in the mountains of Gerania for two days.
Greek forests suffer from droughts every year, increasing the risk of fires. In July 2018, 102 people died in a forest fire in a suburb of Athens. It was the most tragic balance of fire casualties in Greece.
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