Wildfire raging on Zakynthos; two villages evacuated

A wildfire that broke out at 11:00 on Sunday near the village of Keri on Zakynthos is still out of control. The village of Keri has been evacuated and a strong police force is guarding the entrance to the village.

Firefighting forces from all over Greece are joining the existing ones while the general secretary of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias is on his way to the island.

In parallel, nine fire engines from the Peloponnese and a group of firefighters on foot are on a ferry to the island while 30 fire engines with 80-member crew and 35 firemen on foot are going to the island with a military transport aircraft from Thessaloniki.

Currently, 15 fire engines with 37-member crew assisted by five firefighting aircraft and two water dropping helicopters and two PZL are battling the blaze.

Earlier, the villages Keri and Agalas were been evacuated for precautionary reasons. The blaze is burning a pine tree forest and according to latest information from the fire brigade, the strong winds that are blowing in the area are making the firefighters work extremely difficult.

Meanwhile, a wildfire is also in progress in Loutraki, Corinth prefecture, but according to the Fire Brigade the picture is now better and they appeared optimistic that during the night, and particularly on Monday when the winds are expected to subside, they will be able to set the fire under control.