Dozens of wildfires across the country threaten Greece, as temperatures rise in dry summer months. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from hotels and beaches.
About 700 firefighters were deployed over the weekend as the fires spread. Blaze forced evacuation of the Samos island. The fire on Samos over the weekend led to the evacuation of about 1,000 tourists and residents. It broke out in a forest in Mesokampos short after 5 o’ clock Saturday afternoon. According to Samos mayor Christodoulos Sevastakis, two hotels were evacuated for precautionary reasons and the thick smoke in the area. The blaze had largely been brought under control on Monday.
Samos is the birthplace of the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. The island is the location of the joint UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Heraion of Samos and the Pythagoreion which were inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1992Michalis Chrysohoidis, EU Civil Protection Minister, said: "We managed to protect lives and to save people's property."Two people in their forties were arrested in the Peloponnese for deliberately starting fires. a "huge ecological disaster" is predicted. Wildfires usually happen in Greece as temperatures rise in dry summer season months.