Inferno rages over Corsica ,Athens and Albania,evacuation of dozens of homes to safeguard residents
WASHINGTON ,August4:Three firefighters have been hurt battling a large brush fire south of the Greek capital, Athens.
Authorities have ordered the evacuation of dozens of homes in two communities in Lagonissi, a coastal area 30 kilometers from Athens, after several homes and cars were destroyed in the fire.
Dozens of firefighters and fire engines are taking part in the operation.
Winds up to 60 kilometers per hour were hampering the firefighting effort, while temperatures in the area reached 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).
The Camp du Domaine campsite in Bormes-les-Mimosas was evacuated at 2am today – with some holidaymakers forced to sleep on the beach.
Lisa Minot, a British holidaymaker staying in a campsite in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, described seeing a “pool of black smoke” on the coast.
In Albania about 300 firefighters and military personnel are working to keep under control about 25 wildfires that have broken out in the last 24 hours. About 20 of the fires are threatening residential areas in the capital, Tirana, as well as in the cities of Vlora, Dibar, Elbasan and Berat, where vast areas of forest are burning.
Albanian authorities have asked neighboring Greece and Italy, as well as the European Union, for assistance in controlling the fires near Tirana and along the country’s Riviera.
Two airplanes are expected to arrive in Albania from the Greek island of Corfu and from Puglia, Italy, to assist the civil emergency units on the ground.
Corsica winds, heat
Wildfires are also taking a toll on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, approaching the famous hikers’ route known as the GR20.
Authorities have issued warnings about soaring temperatures expected in Corsica and the southern French mainland, and the added threat of high winds.