Aid from European countries and other nations across the world has helped Greece to strengthen the fight against the major fire fronts in Attica, Ilia, Evia, as well as other affected regions. France, Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, the United States, Ukraine, Israel, Switzerland, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Qatar, Moldova, the United Arab Emirates, and Serbia have all assisted Greece in fighting the wilfires, providing hundreds of firefighters and firefighting vehicles. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis posted a message of thanks for the international support on Twitter:
On behalf of the Greek people, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the countries that have sent assistance and resources to help fight the wildfires. We thank you for standing by Greece during these trying times. pic.twitter.com/POrWlIVJsU
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) August 8, 2021
Cyprus is also helping through the European Civil Protection Mechanims, providing Greece with 40 firefighters in Varybobi and two water dropping airplanes in Crete.
Greece fires result in evacuations of residents
Additionally, fires continue to plague the region of Ilia in the Peloponnese, where firefighters have urged that residents across the region be evacuated.
A message was sent from the emergency 112 number to all residents in the areas of Vasilaki, Ypsilo, Aspra Spitia, Xirokampo, Ampari, Ano-Kato Louvro, Kryoneri, Lala, Douka, Lasdika, Nemouta to leave their homes and head toward Panopoulos on Thursday.
Since Wednesday afternoon, such evacuation orders have been given in 29 areas of Ilia, including Ancient Olympia.
Fire in Evia changes course, heads north and northwest
After plaguing the region for three days, the fires in Evia have begun to change course.
The blaze is now moving toward the north and northwest of the island, inching dangerously close to the coast.
The areas of Agia Anna, Palaiovrysi, Kerameia, and Agkali have all been evacuated. Residents are urged to head toward Mantoudi to escape the flames.
The massive fire in the region continues to burn, and firefighters struggle to contain the blaze, which many believe is beyond control.
Smoke from Greece fires like “atomic bomb”
At present the fire fronts in Varympompi are located in a ravine that is between Adames and the Tatoi airport, in the Olympic village and in the Royal Estates themselves.
Authorities on the scene told local media that “The inductive smoke column is proportional to the heat intensity in the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.”
Five firefighting helicopters and an aircraft arena dropping water in an effort to bring the situation under control. According to SKAI TV, firefighters said explosions were heard, while the re-ignition of the blaze near Adamas most likely came from a small pocket of fire.
All three new fires near Greece’s capital are burning parts of the forest that had been left untouched so far in the previous blazes.
Now, roads in the wider area have been blocked off to facilitate the movement of fire trucks to the locations of the flareups.
A message from the Civil Protection, through 112, was sent a while ago to the residents of the area where the fire broke out. At the same time, according to ERT, buses are ready to pick up residents who do not have the means to leave.
The residents of Ippokratio State, who number approximately 1,200, are now asked to move from their homes and out to the highway that goes to Athens, while the 450 residents of Drosopigi are asked to remove themselves and go to Afidnes or Oropos.