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A big fire breaks out in the forests of Greece, evacuating 17 villages. Photo

A massive fire evacuated many Greek villages on Thursday, as the first major forest fire of the season broke out on mountainous terrain overlooking the Gulf of Corinth.

The authorities have not recorded any injuries so far, and 17 villages and Diren were evacuated, when a fire broke out near the village of Sakhinos, about 90 kilometers west of Athens, according to a spokesman for the fire service, according to "Euro News".

About 300 people were evacuated, and new evacuations were ordered on Thursday afternoon as a precaution on both sides of the Yiraniya Mountains, which were ravaged by fire towards the coastal town of Megara.

And in Corinthus Bay, in the village of Kato Alibokhori, police called on residents to evacuate through loudspeakers, and thick smoke spread across the capital, to islands in Cyclades and even to the island of Ikaria in the Aegean Sea, according to the National Observatory of Athens.

Reinforcements were sent from all over the country to contain the fire, which spread over an area of ​​10 kilometers, according to local officials.

Every summer, Greece faces severe forest fires caused by drought, high winds, and temperatures that often exceed 30 degrees Celsius. On July 23, 2018, an unprecedented fire in the coastal resort of Mati killed 102 and charred most homes in this area, located at a distance of about 30 km northeast of Athens, it was the most deadly burn in recent decades in Greece.