"There were 56 fires today. In recent days we have several fires in Achaia and several of them have grown and developed near homes and settlements. The operations center of the Fire Brigade was informed about today's fire that started near the settlement of Ziria at 12:25. There was an immediate and great mobilization of forces ", stressed the Minister of Civil Protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis, in his statements from the Operations Center of the Fire Brigade, while he added:" At the moment, 145 firefighters are operating with 5 groups of pedestrians, 50 vehicles and operate 8 aircraft, 7 helicopters and 1 more helicopter as a coordinator. In total, in the area of Egialia, due to the spread of the fire, 290 firefighters are operating with 5 groups of pedestrians and 75 vehicles ".
Referring to the evolution of the fire, Mr. Chrysochoidis noted: "It evolved between forest vegetation, agricultural areas and plots of land, within the urban fabric. It quickly took on dangerous proportions, entered settlements, so the residents were informed by fire and police forces and through 112 they received a message in order to evacuate the areas of Ziria, Kamares and Lampiri. Then they received a second message in order to evacuate the settlement of Loggo, east of the previous settlements in order to evacuate the settlements and to keep the citizens safe.
By order of the head of the PS, Lieutenant General Stefanos Kolokouris, a firefighting boat went and receives and collects bathers or residents of the coastal areas. The same happened with the Coast Guard and its lifeboats, as well as individuals who evacuated all areas where civilians were at risk. A group of EMAK is also present in order to help the residents to properly evacuate the settlements and not to endanger anyone ".
The minister then said that a team from the Arson Crimes Directorate had gone to the wider area to investigate the causes of the fire.
Regarding the heatwave, he pointed out: "All the country's services are on alert to deal with the heatwave, to protect vulnerable groups to protect public and private sector workers, the proper functioning of the country's critical infrastructure and critical functions. All this today, on the first day of the ordeal that we are going through, worked extremely well, without many problems, and I declare with satisfaction that the state, the local government and all the bodies that have taken on a role in dealing with and managing this crisis are working within the plan. which is evolving and will evolve in the coming days. The adverse conditions will continue in the coming days as informed by experts and meteorologists. We call on citizens to refrain from any activity in the natural environment or in the urban fabric that can cause problems and spread fire with enormous risks to human life and the environment. We are all here, on alert, on mobilization on alert and we are all here and we will remain for the next 24 hours when this phenomenon will occur, here at the Operations Center of the Fire Brigade, together with Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias who is at the scene of the fire. and the general secretary of Civil Protection, Vassilis Papageorgiou ".