Fire in Geraneia Mountains approaching village in Kineta, Attica

Further reinforcements were sent to put out a wildfire that broke out on Monday afternoon in a forest of pines in the Geraneia Mountains near Kineta, Attica. According to the latest reports, strong winds are now pushing the flames toward an inhabited area known as Maroula, north of Kineta.

The fire fighting operation is underway both in the air and on the ground, with 70 fire men and 30 fire engines striving to contain the flames, assisted by two teams on foot, five water-bombing aircraft and two helicopters. Thick smoke that is rising up from the fire, reaching many areas of Attica, presents an additional challenge for the helicopters and aircraft battling the blaze.