As Evia wildfire abates, eco damage emerges

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:25
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A major ecological catastrophe was visible on the mountainous and semi-mountainous surface of north-central Evia island on Wednesday morning in the wake of almost two days of a burning wildfire in a pine-covered region.

The wildfire appeared mostly contained on Wednesday morning, although at least two fronts were still active in what was once a burning blaze extending almost 15 kilometers. A handful of villages were evacuated over the past 36 hours.

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Heavy smoke clouds were evident throughout the eastern seaboard of south-central Greece since Tuesday morning, reaching and affecting the greater Athens area.

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Another wildfire was also reported in northern Evia, near the coastal city of Istiaia. 

Hundreds of fire-fighters, civil defense personnel and volunteers were operating in the region.

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