Major wildfire in southern Corfu, arson suspected

Fires on 10 separate fronts were raging in southern parts of the Ionian island of Corfu on Wednesday, near the villages Vitalades and Chlomo and in some places threatening to engulf homes.
The entire local fire brigade has turned out to extinguish the fires as gale force winds of seven and eight Beaufort fan the flames. Local residents have also turned out to assist firemen in order to help protect their properties.
The Corfu municipality said that it was on standby to provide assistance with water tankers.
The strong winds have ruled out use of water-bombing aircraft while four helicopters are soon expected to arrive on the scene to help put out the fires.
The fires started in areas of agricultural and forest land late on Wednesday afternoon and at a short distance from each other, making authorities strongly suspect that arson may be involved.

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