Reuters: Fire rages on Greece's Evia, threat to people averted14 August 2019 | 11:23 | FOCUS News Agency
A state of emergency has been declared in regions of the densely-forested island east of Athens, after the blaze broke out on Tuesday, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.
Italy was sending two aircraft after an appeal for airborne firefighting equipment from Greek authorities. Officials said the conditions were improving by morning after firefighters spent the night battling flames.
“The situation appears better. There was a huge effort (to contain the fire), superhuman efforts,” Kostas Bakoyannis, the regional governor for central Greece, told Skai TV.
Water dumping by specially equipped aircraft started at first light. “It is a difficult fire, that’s the reality ... there is no danger to human life and that is what is important,” Bakoyannis said.
Fire officials said four villages and hundreds of people were evacuated as a precaution on Tuesday.
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