In Greece, firefighters are battling a massive forest fire

En Grèce, les pompiers luttent contre un violent incendie de forêt

A forest fire fanned by high winds near Corinth, in the south-west of Greece, continued to burn Thursday for the second day in a row without casualties but causing damage to homes, a-t-on learned from firefighters.

“The winds are force 6 Beaufort and the flames have caused material damage to some houses “, told AFP a responsible for this service.

The firefighters have increased their presence on the scene of the fire, with a total of 268 firefighters and volunteers, supported by a forty trucks, three airplanes and six helicopters, water bombers, according to the same source.

At least four towns had been evacuated as a precaution Wednesday when the fire erupted at mid-day, some 80 km from Athens, in the Peloponnese.

An institution for the disabled, as well as a summer camp, had also been evacuated, according to the Greek agency ANA.

The strong winds that blew on Greece since Wednesday, made the firefighters ‘ job more difficult.

In addition, the firefighters were limited Thursday, three other forest fires in the Peloponnese and in Crete.

During the summer, the fires in Greece are frequent due to the high temperatures, often exceeding 35 degrees Celsius, and winds.

Two years ago, on July 23, 2018, a fire unprecedented in the seaside resort of Mati, the deadliest of the last decades in Greece, was 102 dead and scorched the majority of the houses of this town about thirty kilometres north-east of Athens.

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