Hundreds of villagers evacuated as wildfires rip across Greek island

Hundreds of villagers have been evacuated after a wildfire ripped across a popular Greek island.

The fire started near a thickly forested nature reserve and protected wildlife habitat on the island of Evia, north of Athens. 

More than 220 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze alongside five water-dropping planes and six helicopters in the early hours of this morning.  

Hundreds of villagers have been evacuated after a wildfire ripped across a popular Greek island including residents in Kontodespoti

Hundreds of villagers have been evacuated after a wildfire ripped across a popular Greek island including residents in Kontodespoti

Hundreds of villagers have been evacuated after a wildfire ripped across a popular Greek island including residents in Kontodespoti

The fire started near a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia, north of Athens, and those living in nearby villages were forced to flee in the early hours of this morning

The fire started near a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia, north of Athens, and those living in nearby villages were forced to flee in the early hours of this morning

The fire started near a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia, north of Athens, and those living in nearby villages were forced to flee in the early hours of this morning

Crews fought to protect the villages of Kontodespoti, Makrymalli, Stavros and Platana after clearing them of residents

Crews fought to protect the villages of Kontodespoti, Makrymalli, Stavros and Platana after clearing them of residents

Crews fought to protect the villages of Kontodespoti, Makrymalli, Stavros and Platana after clearing them of residents 

Containing the fire proved difficult as access to the pine forest by land was restricted and it was spread quickly by strong winds.  

But crews fought to protect the villages of Kontodespoti, Makrymalli, Stavros and Platana after clearing them of residents.    

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis cut short a vacation on his home island of Crete due to the blaze and requested EU assistance in tackling the wildfire. 

More than 220 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze alongside five water-dropping planes and six helicopters. Here they tried to extinguish a fire burning near a house in Kontodespoti

More than 220 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze alongside five water-dropping planes and six helicopters. Here they tried to extinguish a fire burning near a house in Kontodespoti

More than 220 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze alongside five water-dropping planes and six helicopters. Here they tried to extinguish a fire burning near a house in Kontodespoti

Firefighters with breathing apparauts battled the blaze as it spread through villages on the island of Evia. Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis cut short a vacation on his home island of Crete due to the blaze and requested EU assistance with the blaze

Firefighters with breathing apparauts battled the blaze as it spread through villages on the island of Evia. Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis cut short a vacation on his home island of Crete due to the blaze and requested EU assistance with the blaze

Firefighters with breathing apparauts battled the blaze as it spread through villages on the island of Evia. Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis cut short a vacation on his home island of Crete due to the blaze and requested EU assistance with the blaze

Firefighters raced to tackle the fire that spread across the island. A firefighter was injured after trying to cross the blaze and homes and cars in the area have been completely burnt out

Firefighters raced to tackle the fire that spread across the island. A firefighter was injured after trying to cross the blaze and homes and cars in the area have been completely burnt out

Firefighters raced to tackle the fire that spread across the island. A firefighter was injured after trying to cross the blaze and homes and cars in the area have been completely burnt out

‘We are fighting against time to contain the fire, it’s very difficult because of strong winds and heavy smoke,’ Yiorgos Psathas, head of the local Dirfys-Messapia municipality, told state TV ERT.

‘A firefighter was injured after trying to cross the fire on a motorbike and three cars belonging to campers were burned,’ he said. 

Aircraft from Croatia and Italy were expected to join the effort.

Farmers on the island were forced to box up their beehives and transport them elsewhere as the forest fire spread through Psachna village

Farmers on the island were forced to box up their beehives and transport them elsewhere as the forest fire spread through Psachna village

 Farmers on the island were forced to box up their beehives and transport them elsewhere as the forest fire spread through Psachna village

The fire started near a protected wildlife habitat in the early hours of the morning and was quickly spread by strong winds across to nearby villages including Psachna

The fire started near a protected wildlife habitat in the early hours of the morning and was quickly spread by strong winds across to nearby villages including Psachna

The fire started near a protected wildlife habitat in the early hours of the morning and was quickly spread by strong winds across to nearby villages including Psachna

Firefighting helicopters dropped water over the nature reserve to contain the blaze. Residents are now being urged to remain indoors and set air conditioning units to recycle internal air by the country's civil protection authority

Firefighting helicopters dropped water over the nature reserve to contain the blaze. Residents are now being urged to remain indoors and set air conditioning units to recycle internal air by the country's civil protection authority

Firefighting helicopters dropped water over the nature reserve to contain the blaze. Residents are now being urged to remain indoors and set air conditioning units to recycle internal air by the country’s civil protection authority

Evia is Greece’s second largest island and is located northeast of Athens. 

The fire crews faced rugged terrain, violent wind gusts, hills and poor visibility which complicated air operations. 

‘The flames are 20-30metres (65-100 feet) high… You can’t even see the sun,’ Panos Agiannitis, a volunteer firefighter at the scene, told Athens municipal radio.

He added: ‘I feared for my life… You could feel the heat 250 metres away.

‘The only way for this fire to be extinguished is when there’s nothing left to burn.’ 

As the flames reached Psachna village fire crews faced rugged terrain, violent wind gusts, hills and poor visibility which complicated the air operations

As the flames reached Psachna village fire crews faced rugged terrain, violent wind gusts, hills and poor visibility which complicated the air operations

As the flames reached Psachna village fire crews faced rugged terrain, violent wind gusts, hills and poor visibility which complicated the air operations

Smoke from the fire on the island of Evia billowed as far as the capital around 90 kilometres away

Smoke from the fire on the island of Evia billowed as far as the capital around 90 kilometres away

Smoke from the fire on the island of Evia billowed as far as the capital around 90 kilometres away

Greece has been hit by a spate of wildfires this week. 

At the same time as the blaze on Evia, a second fire began on the northern island of Thassos and a third destroyed brush and dried weeds near Thebes, northwest of Athens. 

A thick layer of smoke from the three infernos blanketed the Greek capital. 

The country’s civil protection authority warned people in affected areas to remain indoors and set air conditioning units to recycle internal air, particularly the elderly, young children and those suffering from breathing or heart conditions.

Forest fires are common in Greece during the hot, dry summer months.

The public have been repeatedly encouraged not to engage in outdoor activities that could cause fires by Greek authorities including welding, burning dried weeds or lighting barbecues.

At the same time as the blaze on Evia, a second fire began on the northern island of Thassos and a third near Thebes, northwest of Athens

At the same time as the blaze on Evia, a second fire began on the northern island of Thassos and a third near Thebes, northwest of Athens

At the same time as the blaze on Evia, a second fire began on the northern island of Thassos and a third near Thebes, northwest of Athens

A thick layer of smoke from the three infernos across Greece blanketed Athens throughout the day

A thick layer of smoke from the three infernos across Greece blanketed Athens throughout the day

A thick layer of smoke from the three infernos across Greece blanketed Athens throughout the day

The public have been repeatedly encouraged not to engage in outdoor activities that could cause fires by Greek authorities

The public have been repeatedly encouraged not to engage in outdoor activities that could cause fires by Greek authorities

The public have been repeatedly encouraged not to engage in outdoor activities that could cause fires by Greek authorities

Parks and forest areas have been closed to the public at times of high fire risk.

Last year, more than 100 people died when a fast-moving forest fire broke out in a seaside area northeast of Athens and raged through a nearby settlement of mainly holiday homes.

The fire trapped people in their cars as they attempted to flee, while many other victims drowned as they tried to swim away from beaches overcome by heat and choking smoke.

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