Wildfires cause evacuation of villages on Greek island

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Four villages were evacuated on the Greek island of Evia after two new brush fires have broken out.

The new wildfires came several hours after a major blaze led to the mobilisation of more than 100 firefighters and the evacuation of another village.

Difficult terrain and high temperatures are hampering the efforts to extinguish the fires.

The fire department said that a 64-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of starting the first fire by using a naked flame to burn dried weeds near his house.

Wildfire on Evia: Four villages evacuated
A helicopter tries to extinguish the wildfire that break out in Kymi, island of Evia, Greece. EPA-EFE/WASSILIS ASWESTOPOULOS

A total of 255 firefighters, four water-dropping planes and three helicopters along with 100 vehicles and earth-moving machinery were battling the three fires.

Via Greece Reporter

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