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Smoke From Εvia Wildfires Blankets Athens

Greek authorities on Tuesday warned Athens citizens, especially the elderly and infirm, to protect themselves from the smoke caused by wildfires raging on Evia Island.  The thick, gray pall of smoke is now blanketing the entire region of Attica.

The general secretariat of Greece’s Civil Protection authority issued an urgent announcement warning of the dangers of breathing in the smoke, and advised vulnerable individuals to stay at home and use their air conditioning to clean the air.

Satellite image of smoke covering the island of Evia and moving toward Attica

Ο καπνός από την μεγάλη φωτιά της Ευβοίας με κυανό χρώμα. Όπως φαίνεται από τον δορυφόρο, μεγάλο μέρος του καπνού έχει…

Posted by Theodoros Kolydas on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The general secretary of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalis, has also arrived at the village of Psahna on Evia to coordinate the firefighting operations there.

A total of sixty-six fire engines with crews numbering 189, seven groups of firemen on foot, six  firefighting aircraft and five water-dropping helicopters are currently battling the blaze.

Local residents on Evia are prepared to abandon their villages and towns if they are directly threatened by the fires.

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