Nearly 300 firefighters, volunteers and soldiers are striving to contain large forest fires on the northern Greek island of Thasos, which has damaged homes and forced the evacuation of a village. The Greek authorities have instituted a state of emergency and several localities (Aliki, Prinos Kazaviti, Rachoni, Agios Panteleimonas) and two monasteries (Archangel Michael and St. Panteleimon) have been evacuated.
The fire started Saturday, September 10, in four different villages (Rachoni, Limenaria, Prinos, Aliki), as a result of lightning, and then expanded in southern areas of the island with the wind blowing heavily in the north -south.
"All measures are taken to protect the life of people on the island," Thassos Mayor Kostas Hatziemmanouil said. The fire department also declared that at least eight houses were damaged in the central, mountain village of Kazaviti, which was evacuated.