Thousands are fleeing their homes. Greece is burning a massive fire

“It’s a big fire, and it will take a lot of effort to get it under control,” said the governor of the Attica region, where the capital, Jorgos Patulis, is located. More than 300 firefighters and ten planes are fighting the fire in the area. According to the first estimates of the authorities, dozens of buildings burned down. As the fire approached the houses, many residents fled in cars, motorcycles or horses.

Due to the fire, traffic was stopped on the part of the highway leading from Athens to the north of the country. Some railway connections were also interrupted. The fire also threatens high-voltage power lines, and experts fear power outages in Athens. According to the daily Kathimerini, the current did not really flow in some parts of the Greek capital this afternoon.

The Acropolis, which is usually open from eight in the morning to eight in the evening, will always be closed between noon and 5 pm from today to Friday. Already in July, the Acropolis was temporarily closed due to the heat. Some public institutions and private services in Greece have adjusted their opening hours so that they can be closed in the afternoon.

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More than 100 firefighters are still fighting a large-scale fire that broke out on Sunday in the north of the island of Rhodes. Soldiers and volunteer firefighters helped them. Fires also plague other parts of Greece. Greek rescue services have left fire warnings for most of Greek territory.

According to Greek meteorologists, the heat is the strongest in more than 30 years. Some cities today have recorded maximum temperatures of 46 and 47 degrees Celsius. Extremely warm weather also plagues Italy and Turkey and causes fires.

In neighboring Turkey, forest fires have claimed at least eight lives. Seven fires are still active in the southern Turkish provinces of Antalya and Mugla, which were hit hardest by the elements last week. Residents and opposition parties have criticized the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the low preparedness for fires that plague Turkey every summer in recent years. In recent days, for example, it has become apparent that Turkey does not own any firefighting aircraft.

The Turkish government has also been criticized for not accepting the assistance offered by some Western states. However, the foreign minister refused, according to which Turkey agreed to aid that met its requirements. He added that some states later withdrew their offers.

It is currently helping Turkey fight fires on 16 foreign aircraft and over 5,000 firefighters and other personnel from abroad. The aid was sent by Croatia, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

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