The neighbors of six cities in the Greek region of Corinth near Athens had to be evacuated due to the proximity of a major forest fire, the first of its magnitude in a hot season that is always watched with particular concern in Greece.
The fire started on Wednesday evening and has already caused material damage, although the authorities have not yet made a precise assessment. A group of experts has already traveled to the area to determine the origin of the flames, which are basically near the town of Loutraki.
Security forces have cordoned off the area while emergency services try to contain the fire, which, according to local media, has already spread over ten kilometers. The smoke has also reached the capital, which dawned covered by a gray cloud this Thursday.
The lack of rain in southern Greece and the high temperatures – around 30 degrees – raise fears that the forest fires will recover. More than 90 people were killed in the last major fire disaster in this country in summer 2018.