Authorities evacuate village in western Achaia as fire approaches

Authorities ordered the evacuation of the village of Arla in western Achaia on Monday night, as a large wildfire which is developing in two fronts in the area of Santomeri threatened to burn the first houses.

A bus was sent to the village to pick up the elderly and other vulnerable residents which will be transferred to nearby villages.

The regional governor of Western Greece Apostolos Katsifaras told earlier the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) that a large firefighting force is trying to stop the flames from reaching the houses, adding that strong winds are blowing in the area reaching 6 on the Beaufort scale.

At the second front, firefighters on the ground and three firefighting aircraft are operating in Eleohori and Tzailo to protect the nearby communities. Policemen have cordoned off the streets around the two fronts to facilitate the movement for the firefighting vehicles and water tankers.