Hundreds evacuated as Greece battles 4 massive wildfires

Published July 25, 2022 64 Views

1. Greece is struggling to contain four major wildfires within its borders as firefighters are stretched thin and homes are evacuated.

The newest fire began Saturday morning on the island of Lesbos, forcing local authorities to evacuate hundreds of homes and an exclusive resort. Authorities relocated 450 people for that fire alone, while three others continue to burn on the Grecian mainland.

Roughly 50 firefighters, 17 fire engines and nine fire-fighting aircraft were combating the blaze as of Saturday, fire service spokesman Yannis Artopoios told reporters.

The remaining fires are in Western Macedonia, the Southern Peloponnese region, and in the northeast Dadia national forest near the Greece-Turkey border.
2. Greek wildfires destroy homes and forests as residents evacuate.

They were also forced to battle new fires in the western Peloponnese and in the north of the country where evacuations were necessary. The blaze which began in the mountainous forests in Lesbos in the Aegean Sea on Saturday, was still raging come Sunday.

Evacuations were ordered for the villages of Vrisa and Stavros as properties caught fire at the beach resort of Vatera which injured one firefighter.

The five mile stretch of sand in the southern part of Lesbos is a popular tourist spot where many homes are now destroyed.

In mainland Greece a wildfire also broke out at Krestena in the western Peloponnese and the village of Gryllos to the southeast of Krestena was evacuated as homes fell under threat.

Moments of refueling firefighting helicopters with water. Greek widlfire rages near Athens:

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