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Greece: Fire on Evia Raging Unchecked, With More Villages Evacuated

ATHENS — Nine aircraft and helicopters were deployed in the battle against the fires raging in north and central Evia on Friday, where three major fronts as well as many smaller pockets of rekindled fire were burning.

Orders were given for the evacuation of the village Kirinthos, east of Strofylia, on the eastern side of the front, following by instructions to begin the evacuation of the villages Farakla, Zoodochou Pigis, Metohi, Kehries, Mantoudi, Kymasi, Krya Vrysi and Spathari.

One front on the western flank of the fire was burning its way down from Drymonas to Vasilika, getting to within a few hundred metres from the sea.

The same front is also moving west toward Istiaia-Edipsos, from Agdines toward Tsapournia and Milies. Measures have been taken here for the villages west of Kryoneri – Milia and Kyparissi – though the flames had not reached them.

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