Devastating Attica fires still out of control

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The fires in Attica continued to burn uncontrollably on Friday, another three fronts that formed during the night.

The first front is Athens-Lamia national highway toward Kapandriti, on the foothills of Parnitha in Afidnes and in Ippokratios Politia where both homes and businesses were destroyed.

According to the fire brigade, the most worrying front was that burning with a direction toward Kapandriti where the fire managed to traverse the national highway at several points and finally formed a single unified front.

This front was heading toward Polydendri and Kapandriti and Malakasa, and Marathon Lake, with emergency messages sent to residents in those areas to evacuate.
The latest message was sent to residents in the Marathon Lake and Kaletzi areas on Friday afternoon via the 112 emergency number to evacuate toward Grammatiko.

The message said:
“If you are in the Marathon Lake or Kaletzi, Attica area, evacuate now toward Grammatiko.
Forest fire in your area. Self-protection instructions https://www.civilprotection.gr/el/dasikes-pyrkagies”

Agios Stefanos was no longer at risk, the fire brigade said, with the fire now threatening Kapandriti and Malakasa.

Another major problem caused by the fires is the thick smoke blanketed the Attica sky, creating breathing and respiratory issues.
Among the forces fighting the flames are 83 firefighters from France, who arrived in Greece at 1:00 on Friday.

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The situation was expected to worsen as the weather forecast was for wind intensity to increase.
Meanwhile, the fire in Afidnes was burning a paint factory, causing solvents to explode, preventing firefighters from approaching.

Fires that were raging Evia were raging unchecked, with more villages evacuated.
Nine aircraft and helicopters were deployed in the battle against the fires raging in north and central Evia on Friday, where three significant fronts and many smaller pockets of rekindled fire had restarted.

Messages for the evacuation of the village Kirinthos, east of Strofylia, on the eastern side of the front, followed by the exact instructions to begin the villages Farakla, Zoodochou Pigis Metohi, Kehries, Mantoudi, Kymasi, Krya Vrysi and Spathari.
One front on the western side of the fire was burning down from Drymonas to Vasilika, getting to within a few hundred metres from the sea.
The same front is also moving west toward Istiaia-Edipsos, from Agdines toward Tsapournia and Milia.
Though the flames had not yet reached the villages, steps have been taken for the towns west of Kryoneri – Milia and Kyparissi.