Sunday, July 13, 2008

Forest fire rages on Greek holiday island

Reuters: A forest fire raged unchecked on Greece's Aegean island of Skyros for a second day on Sunday burning thousands of pine-trees but no injuries or damage to property were reported, a fire brigade official said.

"There are several centers of fire in the northern part of Skyros where there are no homes," said a fire brigade official who declined to be identified. "The fire is not under control yet as there are high winds in the area." The official said the cause of the blaze was unknown. Two fire-fighting planes, three helicopters, 26 fire engines and more than 200 firefighters were dispatched to the scene....

Map by M.Minderhoud showing the location of Skyros in the Aegean Sea, Wikimedia Commons

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