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Large fire breaks out on Greek island of Skopelos


A huge wildfire has ripped through the Greek island of Skopelos.

The island, a hugely popular destination for British tourists, recruited the aid of municipal workers, volunteers, four water-dumping planes and dozens of fireman to battle the blaze which began on Sunday afternoon.

Skopelos located in the western Aegean Sea and close to both Skiathos and Alonissos, boomed in popularity having been the set location of 2008 hit romantic comedy Mamma Mia. Kastani beach on the south-west coast was the film’s main location site.

About 20 minutes away from that location is where the fire began. According to reports, the blaze was burning near Amarandos, a popular seaside village. Local authorities have assured locals that there is no danger to the village or nearby hotels.

Due to the vast amount of pine trees at the location, firefighters from the local mainland of Volos attempted the battle the fire overnight while the Canadair planes were grounded.

The news comes just weeks after tourists were evacuated as another devastating fire ripped through the neighbouring island of Alonissos.