Huge fires have continued burning for a second night on the Greek island of Evia, as Greek authorities sent reinforcements to firefighters battling four wildfires burning out of control on Friday.

At least five villages were evacuated, and the fire department sent dozens of reinforcements as well as extra firefighting aircraft to the area. More than 330 firefighters, assisted by eight water-dropping planes, nine helicopters, and more than 100 vehicles, were trying to bring the flames under control in central Evia.

One of the blazes broke out early Thursday afternoon and was burning woodland and agricultural areas, while another two started simultaneously just before midnight Thursday. The blazes led to five villages being evacuated.

The fire department said a fourth, a forest fire, broke out in the same area Friday afternoon.

The fires were the largest to have broken out so far this year in Greece.

Earlier on Friday, the local fire department said that a 64-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of starting the first fire that broke out Thursday by using a naked flame to burn dried weeds near his house. The man was to appear before a prosecutor in court Friday.

Burning dried weeds and other such activities outdoors, such as setting campfires, is banned in Greece from May 1-Oct. 1 as part of measures to prevent forest fires.

*Source: AP 

Huge fire blazing through Evia

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