ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A whole bunch of firefighters battled three wildfires in Greece, the place two villages had been being evacuated Tuesday as the most important blaze burned a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens.
Greater than 220 firefighters had been deployed to deal with the Evia fireplace, together with six water-dropping planes and 6 helicopters. Entry to the pine forest by land was tough, and a further helicopter was despatched to the world to coordinate the air help.
Smoke from the fireplace blanketed the Greek capital. The nation’s civil safety authority warned folks in affected areas, significantly the aged, younger youngsters and people affected by respiration or coronary heart circumstances, to stay indoors and set air con models to recycle inside air.
Dozens extra firefighters, two planes and a helicopter tackled a separate forest fireplace on the northern island of Thassos. A 3rd wildfire was burning via brush and dried weeds close to Thebes, northwest of Athens.
Forest fires are widespread in Greece through the scorching, dry summer time months. Authorities have repeatedly warned the general public to not have interaction in out of doors actions that would trigger fires, similar to welding work, burning dried weeds or lighting campfires and barbecues.
Parks and forest areas have been closed to the general public at occasions of excessive fireplace threat.
Final yr, greater than 100 folks died when a fast-moving forest fireplace broke out in a seaside space northeast of Athens and raged via a close-by settlement of primarily vacation properties.
The hearth trapped folks of their vehicles as they tried to flee, whereas many different victims drowned as they tried to swim away from seashores overcome by warmth and choking smoke.
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