Homes evacuated after fire breaks out in East Attica

Homes evacuated after fire breaks out in East Attica

Firefighters backed by water-bombing aircrafts battled a string of wildfires near Athens on Wednesday.

The fire broke out in a forest area in the coastal Attica town of Nea Makri.

No injuries have been reported.

As a precaution, residents in some nearby areas were told to evacuate their homes and head to beaches.

High temperatures and strong winds made the fires difficult to contain.

The fire service said about 180 firefighters, eight water-dropping helicopters, five planes, as well as local volunteer, contained the wildfire raging through forest, olive groves, scrub and vineyards in the Feriza area near Kalyvia.

Wildfires are common during Greece’s hot, arid summers.

In case of fire, citizens and visitors are reminded to immediately call 199.

On July 23, 2018, wildfires that devastated the seaside town of Mati, killed at least 102 people and left the entire Greek nation and the world in a state of shock.

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