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Large Forest Fire Sweeping Across Island of Chios, Greece – August 23rd, 2012

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August 23rd, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Greece – August 18th, 2012

Greek firefighters are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios, which lies north-east of the capital, Athens, off the coast of Turkey. Here, a plume of smoke from the blaze can be seen blowing southwest, reaching as far south as the island of Crete (bottom edge).

The fire began about a week ago and has been fuelled by gale force winds. Authorities said that after just two days the blaze had destroyed about 7,000 hectares (16,000 acres) of forest and farmland. Residents of nine villages and hamlets were evacuated from their homes over the weekend as the fire approached.

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