EU water bombers join battle against Greek forest fire

Dawn | Aug 16, 2019 at 7:31 AM
  • GREECE deployed on Thursday nearly 400 firefighters backed by EU water bombers to battle a massive wildfire on the island of Evia, burning through a pristine pine forest for a third day.
  • The EU’s Copernicus emergency management service has calculated that at least 2,300 hectares (nearly 5,700 acres) have been lost to the fire.
  • EU Humanitarian Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Wed­nesday called the mobilisation of Greek forces “exemplary” after emergency crews managed to save inhabited areas.