The forest fire declared this Tuesday, July 19, on the slopes of Mount Penteli, northeast of Athens, Greece, is out of control and the flames have already reached some houses. According to the mayor of the region, Evánguelos Burnús, the fire spreads like an “octopus” and due to the microclimate that is generated in the pine forests, mixed with the strong winds, the fronts are multiplying.
Civil Protection has ordered the evacuation of four towns around Penteli, as well as a children’s hospital and one of the facilities of the Athens Observatory. As reported by the Fire Department, there are currently 350 troops deployed, 60 ground media, 15 planes and 9 helicopters.
Police and army forces have also been mobilized. For now there is no information on people who may have been trapped in their homes, said the spokesman for the Fire Department, Yannis Artopiós.
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The fire broke out in an area of low vegetation, but fueled by strong winds of up to 8 to 10 on the Beaufort scale, it split into two fronts, one moving up the mountain and the other moving towards the Drafi settlements. and Nea Penteli.
Meanwhile, Civil Protection has alerted residents of all affected areas through text messages to all mobile phones, instructing them where they should go.
The fire season in Greece started this year towards the end of May, earlier than usual. Until now, there had been no major devastations like those that occurred in 2021.
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