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Fire in Kehries Looking Better but High Winds Forecast a Cause for Concern

CORINTH – The situation with the wildfire burning in Kehries, Corinth was improving on Thursday morning but fire fighters remains concerned due to a forecast that winds will grow stronger during the day, the fire brigade press spokesperson Vasilis Vathrakogiannis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

The fire started on Wednesday afternoon and burned through the night, with six settlements in the path of the flames and a children's summer camp in the vicinity evacuated. The evacuated settlements included those of Zimens, Agios Konstantinos, Galataki, Athikia, Alamanno and Agios Ioannis.

Vathrakogiannis said that the fire had caused damage but there was no official confirmation, as yet, that homes had been burned.

There were 236 fire fighters and 54 fire engines, a special motorised fire-fighting operations unit and 15 teams of fire-fighters on foot battling the flames on the ground, assisted by eight fire-fighting airplanes and four helicopters dropping water form the air. The fire-fighting operation is being coordinated by the fire brigade's chief, Lieutenant General Stefanos Kolokouris.

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