ATHENS — Active fire fronts were still burning in the suburbs of Gerakas, Anthousa, Pallini and Dioni, as well as on either side of Marathonos Avenue, a fire department spokesman said during an emergency briefing Wednesday morning . On the map he showed, there were fires scattered all around the perimeter, with active fronts in the five areas above.
According to the spokesperson, the focus was on the southwestern side of the fire near the Attiki Odos highway and Athens Public Transport Organization facilities, as well as the southeastern , always near the Attiki Odos highway, near the Vianex facilities. In addition, great efforts were made to protect the urban fabric within the perimeter of the fire.
“Our top priority remains the safeguarding of human life but also the protection of crucial public infrastructure of vital importance and the private property of citizens,” he said.
He reported that a large force of 485 firefighters, 120 fire engines and 28 ground crews were still operating against the blazes, while Romanian firefighters remained at the scene. The “Olympos” mobile operations center was coordinating the firefighting effort, with unmanned drones used to relay footage of what is happening from the air. Their efforts were aided by five firefighting aircraft and four aerial helicopters, one of which was coordinating the effort, while four other aircraft and three helicopters would soon join the battle against the blazes.
Additional assistance was provided by the Armed Forces, Forest Service, Ambulance Service, Local Authorities and the Hellenic Police, which provided 626 officers and 232 vehicles to facilitate the safe movement of citizens, their transfer to places of safety and the protection of their property.
The Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Christos Stylianides, and the entire leadership of the ministry were at the Crisis Management Center and were in constant communication with the Ministries of Health, Interior and protection of citizens. The spokesperson said there were constant updates on the status of the fires so that decisions could be made quickly for the provision of necessary assistance.