Fire brakes out near Loutraki… and Corfu still ablaze


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A wildfire broke out earlier today in the forested area of Drossia near the Loutraki summer resort in Corinthia prefecture. Eleven fire engines and tens of fire-fighters, two units of firemen on foot and a fire-fighting helicopter are currently battling the blaze. Fire Brigade officials said that strong winds blowing in the area was making the firemen’s work very difficult. Inhabited areas are not endangered.
Meanwhile, the wildfires which broke out late on Wednesday in the south western part of Corfu island, near the villages of Chlomo and Vitalades, were on Thursday reported as having been partially contained. Fire officials remain in the burned areas to extinguish possible re-kindlings.
According to reports from the state news agency, gale-force winds blowing in the area fueled the blaze front, but have now abated to velocities 4-5 on the Beaufort scale. The fires endangered inhabited areas, homes and enterprises. Police and Fire Brigade are speaking of arson due to the fact that the blaze broke out simultaneously at several spots.
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