Chios mas­tic gum trees razed by fire again

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A sol­dier tries to put out an ar­mored ve­hi­cle dur­ing a rag­ing wild­fire on the eastern Aegean is­land of Chios yes­ter­day. The mil­i­tary was help­ing fire­fight­ers bat­tle a large blaze that broke out in the early hours yes­ter­day on the south­ern part of the is­land, raz­ing hun­dreds of mas­tic gum trees, which pro­duce one of the is­land’s key ex­ports, be­fore the Au­gust har­vest. Au­thor­i­ties evac­u­ated the vil­lages of Lithi, Mesta and Elata, and have de­clared a state of emer­gency. Chios was just start­ing to re­cover from a large fire in the same area in 2012.

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