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Wildfires Rages on Greek Island of Evia Smoke Blankets Athens


7Dnews London

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:02 GMT

A large wildfire raged on the Greek island of Evia or Euboea off the eastern coast of central Greece on Tuesday, August 13th, and fanned by strong winds, the smoke blanketed the capital Athens some 110km (70 miles) away, firefighters said, having ordered the evacuation of two villages in the path of the flames.

Wildfires raged uncontrolled in at least four other Greek regions, and the fire brigade said it had been called to put out 182 fires in the last three days, according to Reuters.

More than 120 firemen, aided by helicopters and other aircraft, battled the blaze on Evia, the country's second-largest island, where a monastery had already been evacuated.

No fatalities had been reported, and the winds were expected to subside in the evening, according to a fire brigade official.

Last year a wildfire killed 100 people in the seaside town of Mati near Athens, and in 2007 devastating fires killed 65, scorched thousands of hectares of forest and farmland and threatened archaeological sites.