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Wildfire rages on the island of Kythira for second day (picts, video)

Fire fighters have been struggling all day and all night to extinguish the huge wildfire that broke out on the island of Kythira on Friday morning. One settlement was evacuated, power outages occurred.

It is not a majestic sun set – it’s a horrific wildfire

The fire broke in the agricultural area of Pitsinades, Mylopotamos. Strong winds that were blowing spread the fire quickly.

Fire fighters, water dropping aircraft and helicopters were deployed form Peloponnese in order to assist local forces.

At one point, the mayor of Kythira called on residents of Kypriotianika to be on alert, he later decided to evacuate the settlement as prevention.

Video by PhotoCerigo

More than 85 fire fighters, three aircraft and one helicopter, volunteers and the whole mechanism of the island continue their efforts to take the fire under control.

Several settlements and villages remained without electricity for several hours. there is no information whether the problem was restored by Saturday morning.

According to the Greek Fire Brigades the general situation is a bit better on Saturday morning, houses are not in danger.

Hope to take the horrific fire under control lies on the aerial means.

The big wild fire that burned olive trees and forestland in the area between Geras and Plomari on on the island of Lesvos on Friday, was brought under control later on the day.

The fire broke out on Thursday and was spread quickly due to strong winds. Local authorities speak of ‘arson’.

49 wildfires and 59 urban fires were recorded in the last 24 hours, the Greek Fire Bridages said in a statement on Twitter.

One person was found dead when the fire brigades extinguished a fire in a prefabricated house in the in Kapota military camp in Menidi, west Athens at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The person has not be identified, an investigation has been launched.

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