52 forest fires broke out in 24 hours across Greece

(ORDO NEWS) — The weakening of the wind during the night helped the fire department contain several fires in different parts of Greece.

According to the fire service, 52 forest fires broke out on Monday, caused by strong winds and high temperatures.

A wildfire that blazed uncontrollably across three fronts on Monday evening near the town of Amfissa in the municipality of Delphi, central Greece, was partially brought under control on Tuesday, the fire department said.

Firefighters and volunteers battled the blaze all night, taking advantage of the improved weather conditions.

Efforts were also made to contain the front of the fire in the direction of Itea, which was still burning in the Galaxidi region, and the second front was heading towards Delphi.

Driven by strong winds up to magnitude 6, the fire made its way through the olive groves to the monastery of Profitis Ilias, as well as to the coastal town of Itea.

The monastery was evacuated, and firefighters tried to prevent the fire from spreading to a forested area nearby.

Strong winds made it very difficult for firefighters to contain the fire. About 50 firefighters with 15 fire engines and 3 ground crews assisted by 5 water bomb planes and municipal water tanks.

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