Shortly before eleven o’clock in the evening on Monday, June 13, a fire broke out in Paros, at the foot of Agios Antonios from the Molu side.
According to the press secretary of the fire service, the fire burns low vegetation and does not threaten settlements. On Tuesday morning, 6 fire engines with 20 firefighters, pedestrian brigades from Syros, 2 aircraft and OTA water carriers are working at the scene of the incident.
According to the message cyclades24.gr, initially two fires were recorded, the spread of fire was facilitated by a strong wind. The fire broke out near the monastery of St. Anthony located there, from the direction of Molos and Kalogeros (Μώλου και του Καλόγερου), and then moved in the direction of Piso Livadi (Πίσω Λιβάδι), without threatening, however, the residential area.
The fire constantly changed direction due to the wind, however, according to the mayor of Paros, Markos Kovaios, the danger to the monastery of St. Anthony was averted. Giving details to the Athens-Macedonian news agency, he said:
“The danger that existed for the monastery of Agios Antonios, which was empty, as well as for some houses, has been averted. There are still a few small scattered outbreaks, but overall the situation is good, everything seems to be under control.”
Marpissa Community President Anna Antonopoulou told ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ:
“It was a dangerous fire, there were strong winds, but the picture got better. People went to Ag. Antoniou Monastery to protect it in case of danger.”
Mr. Kovaios said that the municipality is providing assistance with 4 OTA water carriers (2 are involved in extinguishing), and since the beginning of the fire, the Civil Protection of the municipality, together with the residents of the districts, has been participating in the operation to extinguish it. People with fire extinguishers, tires, earthmoving equipment are trying to create fire breaks.
Local authorities were concerned about the risk of the fire spreading to the forested area at the foot of the mountain in the Piso Livadi region, where there is quite dense vegetation.