High winds, dry weather stoke wildfires in Greece

A volunteer cries next to a burnt truck during a forest fire. (Georgio Papapetrou, AFP)
A volunteer cries next to a burnt truck during a forest fire. (Georgio Papapetrou, AFP)

Athens - Greece's fire service says a fire has been raging in a mountainous part of the island of Evia in central Greece for the second day in a row, burning well over 2 000ha of forest and forcing authorities to evacuate a village, a monastery and a hotel.

The service says the hot, dry and windy weather is helping the fire expand and making it difficult for the five planes, five helicopters and hundreds of firefighters on the ground to contain it. Firefighting help from the air ceases at sundown.

The agency says the Evia fire is the largest of the 59 wildfires that broke out between 06:00 on Saturday and 06:00 on Sunday. Other fires on the islands of Crete and Kea are also still expanding.

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