Wildfire rages in Greece’s Evia island


A wildfire burst out of control in central Evia, Greece’s second-largest island, on Saturday with officers ordering the evacuation of one village, the fire department said.

Aired by strong winds, the blaze spread across the slopes of mountainous forest in Gaia and authorities ordered the evacuation of the village of Kremastos as a precaution as the blaze got as close as 800 metres from some homes.

Approximately 70 firefighters were fighting the blaze on the ground assisted by nine fire dousing planes and four helicopters before the night set in.

Evia suffered devastating forest fires last summer that destroyed about a third of its forest cover.