Blaze razes 300 hectares

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A fire that started on Tuesday night had razed around 300 hectares of forest­land in the moun­tains on the north­ern end of the Io­nian is­land of Zakyn­thos by yes­ter­day morn­ing, the fire ser­vice said. Fire­fight­ers bat­tled the blaze in tin­derdry con­di­tions, against high tem­per­a­tures and strong winds, all night and were fi­nally able to bring it un­der con­trol yes­ter­day, though not be­fore it wreaked sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to a part of the is­land that is an im­por­tant ecosys­tem and also very pop­u­lar with tourists. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day were busy re­pair­ing dam­aged power lines sup­ply­ing the vil­lages of Orthonies and Maries, which were left with­out elec­tric­ity on Tuesday night.

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