THESSALONIKI — A fire that broke out at Seikh Sou, the forest on the hills above Thessaloniki, is now under control and "there is no active front", the Fire Brigade said on Tuesday.
The fire is "winding down", they said, as 66 firefighters with 22 engines and 4 forest units remain at the site, aided by three airplanes.
The fire broke out around 13:00 and alarmed the city, but "we were lucky there was no wind," Mayor Konstantinos Zervas said, adding that authorities responded immediately.
Owner of nearby hotel "Filippio" Labrini Kelesidou said that it had been evacuated by 14:00, with the exception of one room and 12 staff members. The hotel was not threatened by the fire, she said, and is preparing to welcome nearly 100 guests this evening.
Traffic police has reopened the Peripheral Road in both directions.