The fire that started early this morning near Patra seems to have got out of control. Regional and municipal authorities are cooperating with the inhabitants trying to curb the spread but the strong winds prevailing in the area do not allow their efforts to succeed.

According to a local e-zine (http://www.thebest.gr/) the Patras Hospital is in danger of evacuation while nearby villages are already being emptied. The Achaia region is in a state of emergency.

A second fire has broken out near the village of Zevgolatio in the Corinth region.