Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Greece wildfires: ‘High risk’ of more fires as blazes out of control in holiday hotspot | World | News

Wildfires in Greece has forced hundreds of people to evacuate from hotels and beaches. One of the worst fires, on the island of Samos, forced authorities to transfer people from several hotels. The wildfires have been fuelled by hot, dry and windy weather as temperatures rose above 37C.

On Sunday, Greece’s head of civil protection warned of a “high risk” of fires breaking out in several areas.

This includes the southern Peloponnese region as well as British holiday hotspot Crete.

Officials have said 700 firefighters were deployed over the weekend as the fires spread.

The fire on Samos led to the evacuation of about 1,000 tourists and residents from popular beaches on the east of the island, Greek news agency ANA reported.

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Coastguard vessels collected people from the beaches of Glykoriza and Proteas, who were then taken to an indoor sports stadium in the nearby town of Pythagoreio, ANA said.

The blaze had largely been brought under control on Monday, the fire department said.

Elsewhere, in the Peloponnese, two people in their forties were arrested for deliberately starting fires, Greek newspaper Ekathimerini said.

One is alleged to be responsible for a forest fire in the region, while the other is believed to have started three different fires.

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On Friday, more than 50 people were trapped on a beach as a wildfire broke out on the Greek island of Leros.

Strong winds spread the flames to a pie forest after starting in dry grass near the island’s main port of Lake.

The fire led to road closures, leaving up to 60 people trapped.

According to Leros news, they were later rescued by boats from the Coast Guard.

Earlier this month, fires ripped through a “unique, untouched pine forest” on the Greek island of Evia in what was described as a “huge ecological disaster”.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from nearby villages as the blaze ravaged the dense forest.

More than 200 firefighters helped combat the blaze along with 75 fire engines, nine helicopters and seven planes.

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