NASA has released a satellite picture showing the smoke from the destructive Chios fire reaching all the way to south of Crete.
The fire has destroyed the mastic trees in the villages of Elata, Vessa and Lithi. According to the president of the Mastic Producers Union Giorgos Toumbos, the destruction of the mastic tree crops exceeds 90%.
At the same time, around the villages of Lithio, Mesta and Aghios Georgios Sykousis, a pine forest, crops and mastic trees were swallowed by flames.
A state of emergency was declared on Monday as the fires raged almost all day. Now the blazes are under control. However, authorities fear that the strong winds might rekindle the fires. Hundreds of firefighters and volunteers are struggling to put out the fires completely.
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