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Wildfire in Kefalonia largely under control

Dozens of firefighter and several aerial means are still struggling on Monday against the wildfire on the island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea.

The wildfire broke out around 9 o’ clock on Sunday evening in an area of mixed farmland and forest in Aghia Irini.

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No residential areas are threatened.

The chief of Kefalonia Fire Service was reportedly injured during the operation on Sunday night. He suffered an arm fracture and was taken to hospital.

According to the Fire Service, 10 fire engines with a 32-member crew, one team of firefighters on foot, firefighting aircraft and one helicopter were battling the fire.

Another 26 firefighters with one team on foot and 10 engines were expected to reach Kefalonia by ferry and another team on foot consisting of 6 firefighters were to fly to the island form Araxos.

Volunteer firefighters and Municipality water tanks are assisting the operation to extinguish the blaze.

According to latest estimations, the wildfire is largely under control by early afternoon Monday, local media kefalonipress.gr reported.

Authorities consider as “suspect” that the fire broke out at night.

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