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Greece, hit by a heat wave, fights forest fires

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On the island of Lesbos, a new evacuation was ordered on Sunday midday in the village of Vryssa, from where the fire is about 500 meters from homes on Sunday, said the deputy mayor of western Lesbos, Andreas Aksis on Skai radio.

This evacuation concerns about 200 people, according to his estimates.

The fire that broke out on Saturday has already caused the evacuation of hundreds of tourists and residents of the seaside resort of Vatera, and continues to rage according to firefighters.

On Sunday morning, dozens of firefighters were battling the flames using four water bomber planes and two helicopters.

At least four homes were destroyed, according to public broadcaster ERT.

Since Saturday, Greece has been affected by a heat wave expected to last 10 days and temperatures of 42°C are expected in some regions, raising fears of other fires.

A burning national park

In the north of the country, firefighters, assisted by volunteers, continue to fight for the fourth consecutive day against a violent fire in the Dadia National Park, the largest Natura 2000 site in Greece, known for its colony of vultures.

The fire, unusually difficult according to fire department spokesman Yiannis Artopoios, forced authorities to evacuate the village of Dadia on Saturday evening. It has already destroyed nearly 500 hectares of forest.

The fire reached the raptor observatory and was approaching the buildings of a protected area management unit.

The most important thing for us is the safety of the villagers and all forces will be deployed thereassured the governor of Evros, Dimitris Petrovits, to the press agency Athens News Agency.

Caring for injured animals is a top priority for authorities, he added Petrovits.

Evacuations

In the Peloponnese, the village of Chrysokelaria had to be evacuated on Saturday evening due to a fire near Koroni.

Around noon on Sunday, the fire was contained by firefighters.

On Wednesday, a forest fire in mountains near Athens damaged homes and forced several hundred people to leave, a few kilometers from the coastal village of Mati, scene in 2018 of the worst disaster caused by a forest fire in Greece. , which killed 102 people.

The proliferation of extreme weather events is a direct consequence of global warming according to scientists, with greenhouse gas emissions increasing in intensity, duration and frequency.

Last year, a heat wave and forest fires destroyed 103,000 hectares and killed three people in Greece.

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