Evacuation of people started from a new forest fire on a Greek island

Evacuation of people started from a new forest fire on a Greek island
Evacuation of people started from a new forest fire on a Greek island
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Dozens of firefighters, backed by water-dropping aircraft, are fighting a wildfire that erupted early Monday morning in the southern Greek island of Evia, less than two weeks after a hell of fire destroyed its northern half.

According to the Athens news agency, the fire broke out near the village of Figia, where two quarters were evacuated, and was on its way to the coastal tourist village of Marmari, where the authorities were preparing boats to evacuate people if necessary.

Forty-six firefighters fought the flames being fanned by high winds with 20 fire engines, three water-dropping aircraft and two helicopters, the Greek fire brigade said.

Authorities are keeping boats off the coast of Marmari. Evia is located northeast of the capital city of Athens.

On Sunday, civil defense authorities announced a "very high risk" of fires in many parts of Greece on Monday.

Since July, wildfires have devastated the islands of Evia and Rhodes, as well as forests north and southeast of Athens and part of the Peloponnese. The fires killed three people.

The government blamed the worst heat wave in decades for the disaster.

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