Hundreds of firefighters assisted by firefighting aircraft and water dropping helicopters are continuing their battle on Wednesday against the big fire in central Evia that is raging on the island since Tuesday.
A state of emergency has been declared in regions of the densely-forested island east of Athens, after the blaze broke out, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.
Officials said the situation appeared better by morning after firefighters spent the night battling flames.
“The situation appears better, there was a huge effort [to contain the fire], superhuman efforts,” Kostas Bakoyannis, the regional governor for central Greece, told Skai TV.
Italy sent two aircraft after an appeal for airborne firefighting equipment from Greek authorities.
European Commissioner for Humanitarian Help and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said, “We are mobilizing the rescEU assets to respond to Greece activation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism. The EU stands by Greece at this difficult time.”
Fire officials said four villages, Makrymalli, Kondodespoti, Stavros and Platania, and hundreds of people were evacuated as a precaution on Tuesday. According to reports, damages have occurred in Makrymalli, where houses burned down.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis interrupted his holiday on Crete to return to Athens where he was briefed on the situation.