Six Hurt, Hotels Evacuated as Greece Battles Wildfires
Greece Moderate // Wildfire
ATHENS -- Authorities said six people were injured and hotels were evacuated on Thursday as fire fighters continue to battle the raging wildfires throughout Greece. A spokesman for the Greek Fire Brigade said that the worst front is located at the mountainous peninsula of Athos. The area is known as the home to a number of Orthodox Christian all-male monasteries. More than 100 firemen had been deployed to the area along with seven water-dropping planes. Local officials have already placed the area on heightened alert and hotels located in the village of Ouranoupolis were evacuated because of the thick smoke. In a separate wildfire in the outskirts of Megalopolis in southern Greece, two civilians and four fire fighters suffered minor injuries as they tried to protect properties and farmlands. Meanwhile, a 45-year old local has been taken into police custody for allegedly igniting the blaze. Local media reports said the wildfire started after the suspect threw a cigarette into dried bushes. Initial estimates indicate that the blaze has razed about 3,000 hectares of farmland and forest. The damage is smaller when compared to the devastation in the island of Kos, where a wildfire has been brought under control, after threatening residential communities and prompting the evacuation of hotels.
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