Dozens of tourists were evacuated early Saturday morning from the villages Lourdata and Vlahata on Kefalonia due to wildfires raging in the area.

Strong winds hinder the firefighters’ work. The 2 fires broke out almost at the same time shortly before 6 o’clock in the morning. The 1st fire broke out near the cemetery of Vlahata A short time after, a 2nd fire broke out in Lourdata. Around 8 am, 200 tourists were instructed to get their baggage and evacuate their accommodations for preventive reasons. in Lourdata. The tourists are to be transferred by buses to another area.
Firefighter and volunteers rushed to the two areas. More than 40 firefighters are currently operating, assisted by aerial means. The fact that the two fires broke out within a few minutes is a serious indication that arsonists were at work,” noted Kefalonia local media
By 10 o’clock Saturday morning, the two fire fronts are reportedly under partial control, however, firefighters continue operation fearing revival of the fires due to the strong winds blowing with over 5 Beaufort.