Tuesday 17 July 2018

State of emergency declared over Greek island wildfires

A firefighter tries to extinguish a fire at a house during a forest fire (AP)
A firefighter tries to extinguish a fire at a house during a forest fire (AP)

Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency on the island of Zakynthos where wildfires are burning for a fourth day.

The fire service said the blazes are burning on 12 fronts and not threatening homes or resorts on the island, which is popular with tourists.

A statement from the office of Zakynthos mayor Pavlos Kolokotsas said there were "clear indications that fires were caused by an organised campaign of arson".

Arson-related fires near populated areas in Greece are often associated with illegal development, especially near Athens and around holiday resorts.

Press Association

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