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Large Firefighter Team Battling Fire near Karystos, Evia

ATHENS — A large brush fire burning in Karystos, Evia, has prompted the order for an investigation by the chief of the Fire Brigade for arson.

A total of 57 firefighters and 20 water trucks are fighting the fire, with the assistance of 2 mountain units, 2 airplanes and 1 helicopter.

The Fire Brigade said nearby homes are not in danger, although strong winds are hindering firefighting progress.

Civil Protection Deputy Regional Manager for Central Greece Thanassis Karakantzas told Athens-Macedonian News Agency earlier in the day that "the extent of low brush in the area reaches into village areas. More forces are being transferred from cities and the region to control the situation, as the fire is both out of control and dangerous in terms of direction."

   

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