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Fires on Thassos Continue to Burn out of Control for Second Day; Damaged Homes, Villages Evacuated (video)

thassosThe four fires that started around dawn on Saturday on the Greek island of Thassos continue to burn out of control for a second day, authorities have reported on Sunday.
Saturday officials of the fire department and the municipality of Thassos called for the immediate evacuation of the entire vicinity and villages of Prinos Kazaviti and St. Panteleimon.
Efforts to put out the fire over the past 48 hours have been hampered by strong winds as well as some of the fires are hard to access due to the enormous amount of dense smoke, firefighters have reported.
The mayor of the island has reported damaged homes in Mikro and Megalo Kazaviti and that the fire is now a threat to the village of Theologos, according to Protothema.
There are some 130 firefighters on the island equipped with 62 vehicles, 53 hikers, and 36 soldiers with 11 additional vehicles and machinery to fight the fires.
The initial belief of the cause of the fire is lightning which struck in the four areas of Rachoni, Prinos, Alikes and Limenaria.
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