A wildfire is burning forests north of Athens, while other fires have been contained

On Tuesday, a wildfire raced unchecked through forests north of Athens for a second day after intensifying overnight, and authorities warned residents of nearby villages to evacuate as flames approached.


The fire erupted in the region of Dervenochoria approximately 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Athens. Ioannis Artopoios, a spokesman for the Greek Fire Service, stated in a televised briefing that a call to the 112 emergency number for the European Union exhorted villagers to evacuate.

Other fires southeast and west of the Greek capital were contained by firefighters, but the fronts were still active.

“Civil protection forces fought throughout the night,” he said, adding that approximately 250 firefighters, aided by 75 fire engines, 11 aircraft, and nine helicopters, fought the fire in Dervenochoria.

France and Italy will dispatch four Canadair water tankers in response to Greece’s request for assistance, according to a tweet from EU Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic on Tuesday.

A government official stated that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will cut short his journey to Brussels for an EU-Latin America summit due to the ongoing fires.

A fire that began on Monday in the municipality of Kouvaras, about 27 kilometers southeast of the Greek capital, diminished on Tuesday. This fire rapidly spread to the coastal towns of Anavyssos, Lagonisi, and Saronisi, forcing residents to evacuate their homes.

A mayor told Greek television that more than 18,000 acres of land along a coast where many Athenians have vacation residences were reduced to ash.

“(I only have) my bathing suit, in which I swim, and this shirt; I have nothing else, not even additional footwear. Nothing. “I’m done,” said 89-year-old Giorgos Nikolaou, whose home in Lagonissi was gravely damaged by the fire.

A thick layer of white smoke was visible from Athens on Tuesday morning as a third fire raged about 80 kilometers west of the capital near the seaside resort of Loutraki.

The Greek meteorological service has issued a high fire risk alert for this week, just as the country recovers from its first significant summer inferno. The forecast calls for a second inferno later this week.

In 2018, a conflagration in the seaside town of Mati, east of Athens, claimed the lives of 101 individuals.