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Greek Authorities Order Evacuation of Kehries in Evia; Wildfires Still Raging in Olympia

EVIA — Residents in the village of Kehries in northern Evia received instructions to evacuate via the 112 European Emergency Number on Thursday, as wildfires on the island continued to burn unchecked.

Fires also continued to rage in Olympia, in the Peloponnese, where more settlements had to be evacuated during the night, as well as in Messinia.

Earlier, at around 7:00, a police patrol car and church bells warned residents to abandon their homes in Kehries as the flames reached the outskirts of the village, while an official message from the 112 number was sent shortly afterward, telling people to head toward Mantoudi.

The villages Kourkouli, Skepasti, Amelantes and Keramia in Evia also had to be evacuated again during the course of the night.

In Ilia, the villages Latzoi and Linaria were evacuated on Thursday.

In Varybobi, Attica the situation was improved, with fire-fighters facing only a few rekindlings of the fire and residents allowed to return to their homes via specific routes.

Two fire-fighting aircraft are expected to arrive from Sweden, while 81 French fire-fighters are due to arrive on Thursday afternoon following Greece's request for assistance via the European Civil Protection Mechanism. A team of fire-fighters from Cyprus and two Cypriot fire-fighting aircraft have been in Greece since Wednesday.

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