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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-07-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Major forest fire on the island of Rhodes; wildfire rekindled by wind on Crete

  • [01] Major forest fire on the island of Rhodes; wildfire rekindled by wind on Crete

    ANA-MPA -- Firefighters are battling a major forest fire ranging in the south end of the island of Rhodes, while another wildfire in the region of Messara on Crete put under control in the early morning hours on Sunday was rekindled by winds later in the day.

    Six water-bombing aircraft, four helicopters and more than 250 firefighters with at least 30 fire engines are battling with the flames on Rhodes, while a total of 65 firefighters have arrived on the island from Thessaloniki to assist in the firefighting efforts.

    The fire erupted late on Saturday afternoon and fanned by the strong winds blowing in the region at the time, burned its way through 3,000 hectares of forest land.

    A wildfire that was put under control at noon on Sunday on the island of Crete was rekindled in the afternoon by strong winds.

    The fire broke out at noon on Saturday in the area between the villages of Alithini and Pombia in Messara region of Iraklion prefecture. It is now again threatening Pombia and the villages of Antiskari and Pigaidakia village, where helicopters were called in for assistance. The fire has already caused extensive damage to local farms.

    (Photo shows fire on Rhodes)


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