Folks attempt to extinguish the flames throughout a wildfire at Pefki village on Evia island, about 118 miles north of Athens, Greece, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (Petros Karadjias/AP)
ATHENS, Greece — The U.S. navy has been amongst these serving to Greek residents and firefighters as they continued to battle an enormous forest fireplace on Greece’s second-largest island for a seventh day Monday.
The smoke and ash from the hearth on Evia, a rugged island of forests and coves virtually touching the Greek mainland, blocked out the solar, turning the sky orange because the blaze rampaged throughout the northern a part of the island.
1000’s of acres have burned, forcing a number of villages to evacuate. Different huge fires have been burning forests and farmland within the southern Greek area of Peloponnese.
The wildfires have stretched Greece’s firefighting capabilities to the restrict, and the federal government has appealed for assist from overseas. Greater than 20 nations in Europe and the Center East have responded, sending planes, helicopters, automobiles and manpower.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe supplied a Boeing P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance plane from Thursday to Saturday to help firefighting efforts, Navy spokesman Lt. Tyler Barker stated Monday. The airplane took off from Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily.
Extra U.S. help is being coordinated, Barker stated.
“We all know these fires have taken an unbelievable toll and perceive from comparable experiences within the U.S. how tough the highway forward might be,” U.S. Ambassador Geoffery Pyatt stated in a press release posted to the embassy’s web site.
Greece’s overseas minister, Nikos Dendias, tweeted Monday that he had spoken to his Russian counterpart and requested whether or not Russia may ship a second Beriev Be-200 firefighting airplane to Greece. Thus far Greece has leased one such plane, the biggest working within the Greek fires.
Regardless of the assistance, many residents and native officers have complained of a scarcity of firefighters, and a few have taken to calling in to Greek tv networks to enchantment for assist, significantly from water-dropping planes and helicopters.
Greece’s civil safety chief, Nikos Hardalias, has confused that firefighters have been doing every part they’ll. Firefighters from Ukraine, Romania and Serbia had been despatched as reinforcements to Evia, the place greater than 600 firefighters had been working, together with 5 helicopters and 5 water-dropping planes, the hearth division stated Monday.
Well being authorities stated Monday that an Israeli firefighter suffered an eyelid damage and acquired first assist earlier than returning to the world north of Athens the place the 16-member Israeli contingent of firefighters despatched as reinforcements had been working.
Enormous fires have additionally raged for greater than 10 days in neighboring Turkey, the place firefighters had been nonetheless making an attempt to extinguish blazes in 5 areas within the coastal province of Mugla, within the nation’s southwest.
Wildfires had been additionally burning in southern Italy and in Montenegro within the Balkans, the place a big fireplace within the Malo Brdo district of the capital Podgorica got here near homes.
Stars and Stripes reporter Alison Tub and The Related Press contributed to this report.