Greece: Fire in Styra, Evia Contained; Man, 57, Arrested for Starting the Fire

ATHENS — The large fire in Styra, Evia that burned significant tracts of farm land and forest was now fully contained and would soon be extinguished, along with the rest of the 57 fires that broke out in Greece the previous day, the fire brigade reported on Sunday.

A 57-year-old farmer was arrested by fire brigade investigators on Saturday for starting the fire in the location Hamilovouni near Styra. He said the fire was caused by sparks from the exhaust of a small van, which ignited the dry grass nearby when he tried to start it. The 57-year-old will appear before a public prosecutor on Sunday afternoon.

Apart from a new fire that broke out in a stand of pine and shrubs in Sofo, Aspropyrgos on Sunday morning, which a force of 45 fire fighters, 15 fire engines and two fire-fighting teams on foot have been set to put out, all other fires in Aspropyrgos, Varnavas and Elefsina in Attica have abated.

No fire-fighting aircraft were operating on Sunday morning but all ground forces remained at the fire fronts to ensure they were fully under control before the wind picked up again in the afternoon.

Roads to Varnavas were reopened on Sunday, while roads in Aspropyrgos were opened to traffic during the night.


ATHENS — Greek firefighters battled a large forest blaze that forced the evacuation of a small village west of Athens, the latest in a series of wildfires that flared as strong winds swept several parts of Greece.

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