Samos village evacuated as firefighters battle blaze


More than 22 firefighters aided by three helicopters and three air tankers were battling a wildfire on the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Thursday evening.

Kokkari, a village along the island’s northern coastline which is popular with foreign tourists, was evacuated as a precaution as the fire spread from a forested area near the village of Vourliotes located on Mt. Ambelos.

Winds in the area were blowing 3-5 on the Beaufort scale.

Greece often experiences wildfires during its dry summer months.