Fires on Corfu partially contained

The wildfires which broke out late Wednesday in the southwestern part of Corfu island, near the villages of Chlomo and Vitalades, were on Thursday reported as having been partially contained.
Fire Brigade units on foot remain in the burned areas to extinguish possible rekindlings.
Gale-force winds blowing in the area fueled the blaze front, but have now abated to velocities 4-5 on the Beaufort scale.
The fires endangered inhabited areas, homes and enterprises.
Police and Fire Brigade are speaking of arson due to the fact that the blaze broke out simultaneously at several spots.

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