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Hundreds evacuated by sea from island as Greek wildfires rage

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By Costas Baltas and Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) – Hundreds of people were evacuated by boat from an island near Athens as Greece braced for a fourth day of wildfires on Friday with emergency services forecasting strong winds and searing temperatures. Coastguard vessels assisted by tourist boats have picked up 631 people since late Thursday from three beaches on the island of Evia, where the flames have burned through a vast area of pine forest since Tuesday and reached the sea. They were all moved to safety and sea patrols are continuing in case of emergency, a coastguard official sai…

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