Greek wildfires: New blaze breaks out on Evia island – News Vibe24

    Greek wildfires: New blaze breaks out on Evia island - Times of India
    ATHENS: A new fire broke out on Friday on the Greek island of Evia, but south of the area where a huge fire destroyed forests, set fire to houses and is still burning 10 days after it started.
    The Greek fire service announced that four water jets and six helicopters were sent to control the new fire in the center of Evia, along with 23 firefighters and 10 vehicles. The biggest fire that broke out on August 3 destroyed most of the northern island and is one of the worst forest fires in the country.
    Although fires are common in Greece during hot and dry summers, hundreds of flames have broken out across the country this year after a particularly long and intense heat wave. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday described the fires as the biggest ecological disaster Greece has seen in decades.
    Several Mediterranean countries have been hit by intense heat and wildfires have spread rapidly in recent weeks, including Turkey, where at least eight people have been killed, and Italy. In Algeria, fires in the Berber mountains have killed at least 69 people.
    Rising drought and heat – both linked to climate change – have also fueled fires this summer in the western United States and northern Russia. Scientists say there is little doubt that climate change from burning coal, oil and gas is leading to more extreme events.
    The fires in Greece have expanded the country’s firefighting capabilities to extremes and the government has asked for help from abroad. Some 24 countries in Europe and the Middle East have sent aid, including firefighters, aircraft and vehicles.
    On Friday, firefighters from Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland and Moldova took care of the debris from the main fire of Evia, which has charred 50,900 hectares (125,777 acres) of the second largest Of Greece.
    Two more large fires were still burning in the southern Greek region of the Peloponnese, where hundreds of French, German, Austrian and Czech firefighters helped their Greek colleagues.


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