Greece fires map latest – Apocalyptic Evia wildfires seen from space as holiday island residents forced to evacuate

GREECE is experiencing its most severe heatwave in 30 years – causing residents of it's second biggest island to evacuate.

Wildfires are ripping through the Greek island of Evia for a seventh day today, prompting residents to flee to safety by sea.

More than 2,000 people have already been evacuated, with elderly residents carried on to ferries.

Parts of the island have been badly destroyed, with officials saying not enough help has been sent to help tackle the blazes.

Greece is experiencing its most severe heatwave in 30 years in which temperatures have spiked to 45C (113F).

A number of wildfires have struck the country in recent days as temperatures rose to 45C – including one fire in a northern suburb of the capital Athens which has now subsided.

Read our Greece wildfires blog below for the latest updates…

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    APOCALYPTIC WILDFIRES BLAZE GREECE WITH FLAMES FILLING THE SKY AS PEOPLE FLEE AS TURKEY BURNS FOR A SECOND WEEK

    Apocalyptic wildfires blaze Greece with flames filling the sky as people flee as Turkey burns for a second week

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    MAPPED: DEVASTATING WILDFIRES RAVAGING GREECE

     

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    ITALY: SICILY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AS TWO PRONOUNCED DEAD

    In Italy, two people were killed in the southern Calabria region, a 53-year-old woman and her 34-year-old nephew.

    The pair were reportedly trying to save their olive trees.

    Sicily has declared a state of emergency to last six months as fires burn through the island.

    Temperatures are expected to soar in coming days, and could reach 45C (113F) in parts of Italy.

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    EIGHT PEOPLE KILLED BY WILDFIRES IN TURKEY

    Fires in Turkey have killed at least eight people.

    The dead include a volunteer who was carrying drinking water and other refreshments to firefighters in Marmaris.

    The blazes have also killed countless animals, destroyed acres of forests near the country's favourite tourist destinations, and forced thousands of evacuations.

    They have been described as the worst in in Turkey for at least a decade.

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    RUSSIA: MORE THAN 150 ACTIVE FOREST FIRES RAGING IN SIBERIA

    More than 150 active forest fires in Siberia are threatening a dozen villages, and two had to be evacuated at the weekend in a vast region of Siberia.

    In recent years, Russia has recorded high temperatures that many scientists regard as a result of climate change.

    The hot weather – coupled with the neglect of fire safety rules – has caused an increasing number of fires.

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    SATELLITE IMAGES SHOWS FIRES ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF EVIA

    A satellite image shows Planet Labs shows fires on the Greek island of Evia
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    EVIA FIRES 'WILL BE DIFFICULT TO EXTINGUISH' IF THEY END UP ION THICK FORESTLAND

    Priority has been placed on saving the villages of Kamatriades and Galatsades on the island of Evia.

    It is where hundreds of homes have already been destroyed by the blazes.

    Firefighters told the Greek news agency ANA: "If the fire passes through there, it will end up in a thick forest that will be difficult to extinguish."

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    700 FIREFIGHTERS INCLUDING REINFORCEMENTS FROM CYPRUS AND FRANCE DEPLOYED TO OUTSKIRTS OF ATHENS

    More than 700 firefighters, including reinforcements from Cyprus, France and Israel, have been deployed to fight the blaze north of Athens.

    The crews are being assisted by the army and water-bombing aircraft.

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    MAPPED: DEVASTATING WILDFIRES RAVAGING GREECE

     

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    THOUSANDS FORCED TO FLEE FIRE APOCALYPSE

    THOUSANDS of people have fled their homes on the Greek island of Evia as wildfires burned uncontrollably for a sixth day.

    Ferries were on standby for further evacuations after taking many to safety by sea.

    Gusty winds and the recent scorching heatwave have now caused the fires to become erratic, which has caused firefighters to retreat.

    While the fires that threatened the suburbs of Athens have somewhat died down, the blaze on Evia ripped through thousands of hectares of forest across its northern part, and forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages.

    The fires have claimed two lives so far. A volunteer fire- fighter was killed by a falling electricity pole in Athens on Friday, while the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Konstantinos Michalos, was found unconscious in a factory close to where a fire was raging.

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    ATHENS’ CHIEF HEAT OFFICER PRAISES UK FIREFIGHTERS

    Elini Myrivili, chief heat officer in Athens, likened the fires raging in Greece to a “disaster movie”.

    She welcomed the “wonderful” international support, as a team of British firefighters today arrived to help.

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    MAPPED: DEVASTATING WILDFIRES RAVAGING GREECE

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    TWO PEOPLE NOW CONFIRMED DEAD

    A second man, named as Konstantinos Michalos, the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was found unconscious in a factory in Krioneri.

    He was later confirmed dead in hospital, according to reports.

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    WATCH: DEADLY WILDFIRES – WHY ARE THEY GETTING WORSE & HOW DO THEY START?

    Deadly wildfires – Why are they getting worse & how do they start?

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    UK FIRE CHIEF 'PROUD TO STEP UP AND MOBILISE A TEAM WITHIN 24 HOURS'

    MFRS’ chief fire officer Phil Garrigan said: “Our Greece counterparts are struggling to deal with the scale of the wildfires.

    "These fires are devastating the communities and putting lives at risk and it is only right that we as a country assist. The team of 21 firefighters will offer professional and technical skills to our friends and colleagues in Greece at a time when they need us most.

    “I have no doubt that our teams will do all they can to assist our colleagues in Greece, along with their communities, during these devastating wildfires.

    “I am extremely proud that we and other Fire & Rescue Services from across the country have been able to step up and mobilise a team within 24 hours of the initial request.

    “It is by no means a surprise – helping people is what we do and our desire to help will not be limited by borders.”

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    ATHENS' CHIEF HEAT OFFICER PRAISES UK FIREFIGHTERS

    Elini Myrivili, chief heat officer in Athens, likened the fires raging in Greece to a "disaster movie".

    She welcomed the "wonderful" international support, as a team of British firefighters today arrived to help.

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    MERSEYSIDE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE DEPLOYED IN GREECE

    British firefighters have flown in to Greece to help fight wildfires, which are continuing to spread out of control.

    In dramatic scenes, hundreds of people have been ferried from the island of Evia, where the blaze is engulfing homes and the sky has turned red.

    The British contingent, made up of 21 firefighters and led by officers from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS), join hundreds from other countries joining the battle to contain the wildfires.

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    AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE TREATED IN HOSPITAL FOR INJURIES AND ONE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTR DEAD

    One volunteer firefighter died in that blaze after suffering a head injury from a falling electricity pole.

    At least 20 people have been treated in hospital for fire-related injuries, including two firefighters who were in intensive care.

    The causes of the fires are under investigation.

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    MAPPED: DEVASTATING WILDFIRES RAVAGING GREECE

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    GREEN PARTY LEADER CAROLINE LUCAS SAYS HUMANITY 'CHOSE TO MONITOR ITS OWN EXTINCTION'

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    CLIMATE CHANGE IS THREATENING HUMANITY'S EXISTENCE- AND SOME OF IT IS IRREVERSIBLE

    In the most sober assessment of the climate risks yet, experts found:

    • Sea levels could rise by 2m and get more acidic by the end of century, risking eco-systems all over the world and mass flooding
    • Mountain and polar glaciers will continue to melt for up to centuries, with the Arctic nearly ice free at least once before 2050
    • Fires will be more likely across the planet with more unprecedented weather than ever before
    • Temperatures on earth have risen faster than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years
    • Even if we act now, some climate change will be irreversible
    • But if humans act now with deep cuts in emissions, rising temperatures may stabilise
    • Boris Johnson's COP26 climate summit is the last chance for action before it really is too late
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      DAMNING CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT WARNS ‘CODE RED FOR HUMANITY’ & TIME IS RUNNING OUT

      HUMANS are warming up the planet faster than ever before in a 'code red' for humanity, a damning climate change report warns today.

      Earth is likely to miss goals to keep to 1.5 degrees of warming and will surpass that a DECADE earlier than expected, the United Nations experts say in bombshell findings.

      In the largest ever report into climate change, top experts said that it was "unequivocal" that humans were driving the warming of the earth, and without drastic action to stop it, many lives could be at risk.

      Wild-fires burning across California, Greece and Turkey, floods in England, China and Germany are set to be the new normal.

      Read more here.

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      SOUTHERN REGION OF PELOPNNESE RAVAGED BY FIRE

      Other big fires have been burning forests and farmland in the southern Greek region of the Peloponnese.

      A major blaze also burned through homes, businesses and forests on the northern fringes of Athens was on the wane.

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      MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED FROM EVIA

      MORE than 2,000 people have now been evacuated from their homes as devastating wildfires continue to sweep across Greece’s second-largest island.

      The blazes on Evia came in the wake of the country’s worst heatwave in 30 years.

      Smoke and flame turned the sky red then grey as the infernos swept across the island.

      Fire crews have spent days tackling the outbreaks in increasingly hostile conditions.

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      EVIA'S DEPUTY GOVERNOR BLASTS 'INSUFFICIENT FORCES' GIVEN TO FIGHT THE FIRES

      Giorgos Kelaitzidis, Evia's deputy governor, echoed many when he blasted the "insufficient forces" to fight the fires while "the situation is critical" on the island.

      He said at least 35,000 hectares of land and hundreds of homes have been burned.

      Hundreds of people have already fled the island and another 349 were taken to safety early on Sunday, the coast guard said.

      In Pefki village, young people carried older people over the sand on to a ferry.

      Elsewhere, villagers joined in the battle against the flames, helping firefighters.

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