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Wildfire burns coastal homes in Greek island Lesbos, beach resort evacuated



Property in Vatera was destroyed by flames as more aircraft joined firefighting efforts to extinguish a wildfire near Turkey’s Greek island Lesbos.

Aegean sea resort had been evacuated by authorities due to the threat posed by wildfire. This was caused by strong winds and fanned.

The entire area was covered with thick, billowing smoke. State TV ERT reported one of the fleeing residents that her home was on fire.

Taxiarchis Verros, the mayor of western Lesbos, stated that they are trying to save homes.

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Popular tourist spot is Vatera. It’s a long, sandy beach that stretches 8km (five miles) in the southern part of Lesbos. Six years ago, Lesbos played a key role in Europe’s refugee crisis.

One firefighter was injured and several homes were destroyed in the flames that engulfed Vatera. A beach bar was also damaged and sun umbrellas were destroyed by the flames.

Greece is currently experiencing its second consecutive summer of wildfires.


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After a wildfire broke out in the mountains near Athens, hundreds fled their homes.

The worst heatwave in Greece was last year, when wildfires decimated 300,000 acres (121,000 ha), of forest and bushland.

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