ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Tons of of firefighters battled wildfires in Greece Tuesday, with the most important burning via a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens the place three villages have been evacuated.
Greater than 220 firefighters had been deployed to sort out the fireplace that was burning uncontrolled in Evia, together with six water-dropping planes and 7 helicopters.
Smoke from the fireplace blanketed the Greek capital within the morning. The nation’s civil safety authority warned individuals in affected areas, significantly the aged, younger kids and people affected by respiratory or coronary heart circumstances, to stay indoors and set air-con models to recycle indoor air.
Dozens extra firefighters, two planes and a helicopter tackled a separate forest hearth on the northern island of Thassos. A 3rd wildfire was burning via brush and dried weeds close to Thebes, northwest of Athens, whereas one other broke out in southern Greece, burning woodland and agricultural areas. Greater than 30 firefighters had been tackling the fourth blaze.
Forest fires are widespread in Greece throughout the scorching, dry summer season months. Authorities have repeatedly warned the general public to not interact in outside actions that would trigger fires, equivalent to welding work, burning dried weeds or lighting campfires and barbecues. Parks and forest areas are generally closed to the general public at occasions of excessive hearth danger.
Final yr, greater than 100 individuals died when a fast-moving forest hearth broke out in a seaside space northeast of Athens and raged via a close-by settlement of primarily vacation properties.
The fireplace trapped individuals of their automobiles 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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