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Six villages in Ikaria evacuated overnight due to wildfire

Six villages on the island of Ikaria were evacuated for several hours during the night as a wildfire fanned by northerly winds threatened to reach the settlements. Accoridng to locla media, the fire got out of control in the early morning hours of Thursday.

On Thursday morning, the municipality of Ikaria lifted the evacuation order.

The blaze broke out near the village of Monokambi on the northeastern part of the island on Wednesday night and quickly spread in the direction of the villages of Mavrato, Mavrikato, Lardado, Tsouredo, Oxe and Katafygi.

Firefighting forces were gradually boosted, with 40 firemen, 10 fire trucks, volunteers, two water-dropping aircraft and a helicopter operating in the area as on Thursday morning.

Firefighters arrived from the neighboring island of Samos in the night.

Thursday morning the situation looks a bit better, yet not under full control, as strong winds are blowing in the area.

The firefighting crews are attempting to contain the fire front and control the direction of the blaze.

sources: ikariotikanea, ikariaki, others

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