The areas around Patras and prefecture of Achaia are on fire. A wildfire erupted in the early hours of this morning, and after the intens heat of the last 10 days the fire has no problem in spreading through the bone dry area. Gale to storm force winds are fanning the flames, and fire fighters and the army are having serious problems trying to contain the fires.
The university of Patras had to be evacuated, while staff in Patras General Hospital are preparing for an all out evacuation. The residents of 3 villages outside Patras have been ordered to leave immediately. The authorities do not rule out arson.