In connection with a large fire in Chios, the evacuation of settlements is underway. 42 firefighters, two infantry units, 5 vehicles, 6 aircraft and 3 helicopters are involved in extinguishing the fire.
The fire broke out at 07:00 on Thursday morning for a currently unknown cause. In confrontation with fire, a strong wind interferes with fire, the speed of which reaches 7 points on the Beaufort scale.
Yannis Vurakis, chief of the fire department of Chios, reports that the fire took place in the center of the village, in connection with which a preventive evacuation order was issued. After 10 o’clock, an order was received to evacuate the village of Sidirunta. Difha village is also planned to be evacuated for security purposes, according to ERT.
According to the site astraparis.gr, the wind directs the fiery front towards the village of Sidirunta. Even during a strong fire in 2016, the area here was burned, but the fire continues to move, finding areas that could ignite. Amani Mayor Kyriakos Zoanos reports a dire situation due to strong winds spreading flames. The police are taking all possible precautions to evacuate Katawashi.