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Foreign Office issues Greece travel warning as huge wildfires continue to burn

British holidaymakers headed to Greece for their summer holiday have been warned about wildfires which are continuing to burn in the country.

Just last weekend, Greek officials were forced to evacuate tourists from the island of Elafonisos as a powerful wildfire spread from a landfill site.

Today, the UK Foreign Office has issued new advice for travellers and expats in the affected regions as the Greek wildfire alert remains on red at an extreme level five.

Such warnings include affected areas, remaining indoors, and turning off air-conditioning units.

The European country sees over three million visits from Brits every year, and while most visits are trouble free, sensible precautions should be taken if you’re travelling to the affected areas.

Which areas are affected?

A huge cloud of smoke rises from a forest fire at Psachna village on the island of Evia (Image: AP)

 

The update to the official government travel website says: “A wildfire in Illea region, Manolada has meant that the National road between Payras and Pyrgos has been closed.

“British Nationals in the area should follow the advice of Greek authorities and monitor the website of the  General Secretariat for Civil Protection .”

Wildfires continue to be ongoing in the Psachna area of the island of Evia, which is north of Athens.

They’re also burning in the Corianthiakos Bay area of Thiva, which is north-west of the capital.

As a precaution, Greek authorities have also evacuated villages in Evia, which is the second largest island in the area.


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Local residents watch a wildfire from a rooftop in Peania, eastern Athens (Image: AP)

The Foreign Office say: “Smoke from the fire on Evia is also affecting Athens.

“Local authorities have advised that anyone with breathing difficulties should remain indoors and switch off air-conditioning units.”

Last year, Greek wildfires killed 102 people as they spread throughout coastal Attica.

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