A big forest fire is raging on the island of Samos and authorities have ordered the evacuation of  two hotels as well residents of the area of Mesokampos.

The fire broke out in a forest in Mesokampos short on Saturday afternoon. It spread quickly and went out of control due to the strong winds blowing in the area.
It quickly became dim because of strong winds. Authorities evacuated 2 hotels. The firefighting forces are constantly being strengthened.
According to Samos mayor Christodoulos Sevastakis, the two hotels were evacuated for precautionary reasons  and the thick smoke in the area.For the same reasons residents were ordered to evacuate. According to latest information, vessels of the Coast Guard are to transfer the evacuees in safer areas.
There are currently more than 30 firefighter with 13 trucks operating in the fire area, while another 40 are on the way to Samos with helicopters. There are also 88 volunteers with 27 vehicles contributing to reduce the blaze.