According to state television a new fire broke out this afternoon at 17.15 in western Crete in the town of Chania.

In the meantime the fire around Patra is still raging. During the day two helicopters and two airplanes helped the efforts to contain the fire but the night will be difficult for both the locals and the firefighting forces.

Ex prime Minister George Papandreou, an MP for Patras, visited the area. The Achaia organisation of SYRIZA has issued a press release congratulating the fire fighting forces and pointing out that the State should make sure the burnt forests retain the character of “forests” and are not turned into “urban areas” and thus become prey to various land grabbers.