The situation is dramatic with the flames reaching residential areas – Evacuation order in Pournari, Panorama, Agia Sotira, Paleochori and Neo Ponto
The fiery front of the fire moves uncontrollably which started in Derbenochoria on Mondaywith the flames reaching residential areasforcing the authorities to proceed to urgent evacuation of at least six settlements.
The firestorm reached the entrance of Nea Zoi Mandrawith police forces going door-to-door, in order to evacuate and of the last citizens remaining in their estates, so that human lives are not endangered. Already, the first images from Nea Zoi Mandras show buildings that have been given over to the flames, while the front is raging uncontrollably.
The fire from Dervenochoria now threatens Mandra and its settlements, as the mayor of Mandra-Idyllia, Christos Stathis, from the Panorama settlement where he is with his colleagues, tells APE-MBE, they are urging the residents to leave for precautionary reasons. He notes that a little earlier, on the initiative of the self-government, the settlement of Pournari and Nea Zoi was evacuated as the flames from the outskirts of Mandra, where it was early morning, “with the help of the strong wind as well as the pine and grassy nature of the vegetation, passed the hill-settlement Ag. Sotira towards N. Zoi and then towards Mandra” and appeals to send air vehicles immediately to deal with the fire which is spreading rapidly.
For his part, the first local councilor of Mandra, Panagiotis Papaioannou, noted that the settlements of Villa Erythres are temporarily out of danger, and that the direction of the fire is towards Mandra-Elefsina. He also reports to APE-MPE that there is a ground firefighting force, but it is not enough to stop the intensity of the fire’s progress and emphasizes that aerial means are absolutely needed. He adds that machines and trucks with water tankers for firefighting have been sent from the Region, and the neighboring municipalities of Liosion and Aspropyrgos, while a large forest firefighting volunteer association operates together with the civil protection mechanism of the Municipality.
Evacuation order in settlements
An evacuation order has already been given, except for Nea Zoi Mandrasto evacuate the settlements of Pournari, Panorama, Agia Sotira, Paleochori and Neos Pontos.
The situation is extremely difficult in Panorama. Notice for the evacuation of Nea Zoi Mandra as well as the settlement of Pontos towards Elefsina. Just before 2 in the afternoon an evacuation notice was also issued for the settlement of Neos Pontos. Shortly after 2 in the afternoon, as Mandras mayor Christos Stathis said on Sky TV the fire has crossed the national road and is going towards Mandra.
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🔥 Forest fire in the area
‼️ Follow the instructions of the Authorities
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Operations are being conducted on the western side of the fire front and an effort is being made to contain the fire on the old Mandras Thivas national road.
The prime minister hastily returns from Brussels
The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, due to the ongoing fires, returns earlier from Brussels where he has gone to participate in the Summit of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries.
Immediately after his arrival in Athens, the Prime Minister will move to the Civil Protection Operations Coordination Center.
However, there are also many revivals in the wider area of Loutraki. Regarding the fire in Loutraki, as announced by the Fire Department, a recommendation was made for the preventive evacuation of the settlements of Agios Charalambos and Panorama. The front is located above Kallithea Loutrakiou and moves south southeast, over the highway. Gusts of wind spread the fire, causing the burns to be carried to an unburnt environment.
This time in the area of Dervenochoria attempt 140 firefighters 48 vehicles, pedestrian units, while they operate 6 aerials on the western side of the front and 7 aerials on the eastern side.
Alongside, Greece asked for European assistance in media and two canadairs from France and two others from Italy are already expected to arrive.
Forest fire 🔥 in Attica, Greece 🇬🇷
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In response, we have deployed:
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According to the update from the forces operating on the fire fronts, the situation at 11.30 in the morning was as follows:
Saronida/Kouvaras: there is no active front, h business for full control continues with both ground forces and aerial means of wetting.
Aid Synergy with Christos Triandopoulos was from the morning at the mobile operations center Olympos (43rd km of Athens Souniu), where it took place distribution of crews and they have already started with the deputy mayors of the area to enter the settlements to record the damages.
Loutraki/Kallithea: Powerful aerial and ground firefighting forces are working on the forest fire in the wider area of Kallithea, Loutraki they deal with the flare-ups that are taking place, mainly in the area of Agios Charalambos, in order not to spread and threaten residential areas.
Alongside, firefighting forces are also dealing with scattered fire outbreakswhile regarding the damage caused by the fire, official registration is expected to begin once it is fully under control.
However, according to information, it is estimated that dozens of houses have been damaged, as well as warehouses and farmhouses.
Derbenochoria: the fire has been contained to the south in the Titan area, ground operations are focusing on the east and west sides of the fire perimeter. It is dense forest. Air forces have been strengthened.
There is still great difficulty due to the density of the forest and the ruggedness of the area.
Warning 112 has been issued for Triasio due to smoke from the fire raging north: citizens to stay indoors and close doors and windows.
No electricity due to the damage caused by the fire to the DEDDIE network, Sections of Saronida, the Olympos area in Lagonisi, the Olympic Village of Kalybion are located.
Also a small part of the village of Titan in Mandra Attica and the areas of Kallithea, Pefkia as well as the settlement of Irini in the same area.
DEDDIE crews are working to restore the network.
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