A large fire broke out at 3 am local time on Tuesday on Greece’s central Evia (Euboea).
The fire burns a thick forest in the area of Agrilitsa, between Kontodespoti and Makrymalli villages. The entire area belongs administratively to the Municipality of Dirfys – Messapia.
A huge operation by the Fire Service is underway, with a total of 80 fire fighters, and 39 vehicles being on site.
Ενισχύονται οι δυνάμεις στην περιοχή Αγριλίτσα του δ. Διρφύων – Μεσσαπίων Ευβοίας & συνολικά έχουν κινητοποιηθεί: 80 #πυροσβέστες, 39 οχ/τα, 7 ομάδες πεζοπόρων τμημάτων με 41 πυροσβέστες, 6 οχ/τα με 12 #πυροσβέστες ΜΕΤΠΕ, 4 Α/Φ & 2 Ε/Π. Συνδράμουν 8 μηχ. έργου, 10 υδροφ. ΟΤΑ
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Seven hiking unites of the Fire Service, comprised of 41 additional fire fighters, along with four aircraft and two helicopters are in the area, assisting the efforts to extinguish the large fire.
Volunteers and members of the local communities are also there.
The Greek authorities have already ordered the evacuation of the Monastery of Panagia Makrymallis (Virgin Mary of Makrymalli).
The residents of the villages of Agrilitsa, Makrymalli and Kontodespoti are on alert in case they need to evacuate their villages soon.
Thick smoke and very strong winds are reported to be hindering the efforts of the fire fighters.
Smoke is also reported to have reached Attica too, with many suburbs of the Greek capital being under a cloud of smoke, coming from Evia’s fire.