Wildfire Threatens Villages in Western Peloponnese (video)



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According to the Greek fire brigade, a fire burst on Friday morning around the area of Spiantza, near the city of Pyrgos in Peloponnese’s Ilia region.

The adverse weather conditions due to the strong winds caused by the Mediterranean cyclone that is approaching Greece’s southern mainland makes the situation difficult.

More than 20 firefighters with ten vehicles and a helicopter rushed in an effort to stop the fire before it reaches the first houses of the nearby villages.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of the Sarakina village.

Meanwhile, several fires that have been burning in forest on the island of Cephalonia for the last two days are now partially under control, the fire brigade said.

The fire had seriously threatened the village of Kremmydi during the night but all homes were saved, while another village had been evacuated on the island on Thursday.