Wildfire Out Of Control In Delphi; 52 Burn Up Greece Last 24 Hours

A massive wildfire on three fronts near the town of Amphissa in central Greece has killed at least 52 people in the past 24 hours, firefighters said Monday night.

The blaze, which was triggered by a hurricane up to 6 on the Beaufort scale, is said to be moving through the olive groves to the Protestant Ilias Monastery and the coastal city of Itya. Despite leaving the monastery, firefighters are trying to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby forests.

Delphi Mayor Panagiotis Tagalis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency that firefighters intended to control the blaze the night before.

A letter of evacuation was sent to the residents of the northern part of the Fokis region of Ete, Fokis, with 112 European emergency warnings. The village of Sernikaki was also released with 112 alarms.

Some 50 firefighters were assisted by 15 fire engines and 3 ground teams with 5 water jets as well as municipal water tanks.

The Arachova-Ampisa road is closed in both directions in Crisis.

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