Rag­ing fire claims pine for­est on Samos

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A heli­copter fills its water tank from the sea dur­ing an op­er­a­tion on Satur­day to con­tain a blaze that raged on the eastern Aegean is­land of Samos, burn­ing thou­sands of hectares of pine for­est be­tween Floka and Zer­vou. Ini­tial re­ports said the fire was in­ad­ver­tently ig­nited around noon on Fri­day by a crew of work­ers who were con­duct­ing re­pair work near a garbage dump. The strong winds pre­vail­ing at the time fanned the flames into a full-fledged blaze. Fire­fight­ers from Athens joined the ef­fort to con­trol the fire, which was still rag­ing late Satur­day.

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