Firefighters injured while battling blazes on Chios and Kos islands

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Firefighters fought the blazing flames from wildfires that broke out on the eastern Aegean islands of Chios and Kos on Monday, injuring five people.

Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned of a dangerous summer ahead and noted the public’s help was essential in limiting the impact of the growing wildfires.

Firefighters battling continuing wildfires in Greece. Photo AP News.
A firefighter battling to distinguish a continuing forest fire in Keratea, south of Athens, Greece. Photo: AP News/Yorgos Karahalis.
Greek firefighters battle ‘dangerous’ wildfires over weekend.
Greek firefighters battle ‘dangerous’ wildfires over weekend. Photo X.

According to AP News, emergency services issued evacuation orders on Monday morning for people in the Metohi district of western Chios, directing them to a nearby beach. By the evening, more than 140 firefighters, eight wildfire-specific teams, seven water-dropping planes, and three helicopters were battling the blaze.

Fire department spokesman, Vasilis Vathrakoyiannis said two firefighters had been lightly injured, with dozens more firefighters heading to the island by boat from Lesbos and Athens. Another two firefighters and a volunteer had suffered non life-threatening burns.

Last year, extensive wildfires in Greece killed over 20 people.

Source: AP News

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