Wildfire raging near Varnavas and Grammatiko; Oropos declared in state of emergency

A wildfire that broke out on Sunday in the Attica coastal town of Kalamos has took huge dimensions and continues to rage in three fronts and is currently reaching the villages of Varnavas and Grammatiko.

Earlier the blaze passed through the settlement Metochi and threatened the military camp of Varnava but the Fire brigade managed to contain it.

Civil Protection general secretary Yiannis Kapakis said to Athens Macedonian News Agency the fire is very strong and has spread due to the gusty winds that are constantly changing direction.

68 fire engines with a 150-member crew, 58 firemen on foot, 13 vehicles of the local authorities, 6 vehicles of the water company (EYDAP) assisted by 4 firefighting aircrafts and a water dropping helicopter are currently battling the blaze.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called the mobilisation the all state forces. “I was briefed by the relevant Minister on the developments and asked for the total mobilisation of the state mechanism and the fire brigade. At these difficult times we are beside the residents, the volunteers and the firemen that are battling the blaze” posted the prime minister on this twitter account.

The municipality of Oropos was declared in state of emergency, following Attica regional governor Rena Dourou's request.

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