The fire brigades in Evros continue the battle with the fire fronts and the rekindlings for the 16th day.

According to the Fire Department, the front in Lefkimmi in the last hours shows a better picture, but the forces in the area are not complacent.

Yesterday afternoon a new message was sent via 112 to the residents to evacuate the area and head towards Tychero Evros.

However, with the successive drops of water from the aerial firefighting means, the strong ground extinguishing forces and the fall – in the last hours – of the intensity of the north-easterly winds, the dynamics of the fire front gradually decreased. From the rekindling at this point today, a corral and the livestock of the breeder that were inside were burned.

Lefkimmi was threatened by the flames and was evacuated again on August 27.

Strong firefighting forces are also working on the fire fronts in the areas of Kornofolia, Kotronia and Dadia

In accordance with mayor of Soufli Panagiotis Kalakikos assistance in the work of extinguishing aerial means contributed the most to the interception of this specific front, which developed great tension as it passes through an area with pine trees.

The fire broke out in an area that had been affected by the fire in the previous days, when it had then approached very close to Lefkimmi.

The chief of staff of the Fire Department is in the hospital

The chief of staff of the Fire Department Christos Lambris, who was on the front line to extinguish the fire in Evros, was admitted to the Alexandroupoli hospital and is being treated.

As it became known, he inhaled large amounts of smoke, as a result of which he was transferred to the University Hospital of Alexandroupolis.

After a short hospitalization, he returned to the fire front, as reported by APE.

Fire hazard map

According to the Fire Risk Prediction Map issued by the general secretariat of Civil Protection of the Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection (, for today Sunday, September 3, 2023, a very high risk of fire (risk category 4) is predicted for the following regions:

• Region of Attica, including the island of Kythira

• Region of Central Greece (PE Boeotia, PE Evia including the island of Skyros)

• Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Evros Region)

• North Aegean Region (Lesvos Region, Chios Region, Samos Region, Ikaria Region)

• Region of Peloponnese (PE of Laconia)

The personnel of the Territory’s Fire Services remain on general alert, in order to deal with the increased service demands, which have arisen due to the large number of fires, while aerial surveillance patrols continue, as well as patrols by fire, police and military forces.

Finally, the Fire Brigade calls on all citizens to be particularly careful and in the event of a fire, for their own safety, to faithfully follow the instructions of the competent authorities.