Several houses and monasteries have been damaged in a forest fire in Greece. As extinguishing efforts continued rapidly, officials said the weather conditions were promising.
Several houses and monasteries were reportedly damaged in a forest fire in Loutraki, west of the Greek capital Athens. With the winds diminishing as of this morning, the fire is closer to being extinguished.
A fire broke out overnight in rugged woodland in the resort town of Corinthian in Loutraki, about 100km west of Athens, Greek media reported.
Authorities evacuated people from several damaged homes and monasteries as flames spread to residential areas.
Ash and smoke were also reportedly visible from the capital as the fire was feared to reach Athens.
While 17 aircraft, 182 firefighters and 62 vehicles were assigned to control the flames, it was stated that many volunteers supported the work.