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Greece Fires Update: Latest Travel Advice -Is It Safe to Travel to Greece?

A major wildfire is burning on the Greek island of Evia, where hundreds of people were evacuated from four villages and a monastery. Water-dropping planes and helicopters have continued flights over the wildfire burning through a protected nature reserve. The aircraft are focusing on areas where access to the dense pine forest was hard by land.

There are more than 200 firefighters battling the blaze, which broke out at around 3am local time on Tuesday.

One volunteer firefighter was taken to hospital after suffering burns.

Strong winds have fanned the flames and have hindered efforts to control their spread.

The winds are also carrying smoke as far as the Greek capital, Athens, where a burning wood smell remained until late into Tuesday night.

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