A wildfire that started in no less than 25 separate locations on the Ionian island of Corfu on Tuesday led authorities to declare a state of emergency.
The outbreaks, recorded in the north, west and south of the island, erupted almost simultaneously. Corfu Mayor Yiannis Trepeklis told ANA-MPA that villages are threatened by the flames and spoke about an organised plan of arson.
The fire is just 10 km away from the city of Corfu, burning through forest and farm land and spreading rapidly, fanned by strong winds blowing in the region.
Forty firemen with 20 fire engines and two units of fire-fighters on foot are battling the blaze, assisted by six water-bombing aircraft and two helicopters. More firefighters are expected to arrive on the island soon.