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Tourists, residents evacuated by boat in Greece as wildfires rage

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By Giorgos Moutafis and Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) -Residents and holidaymakers on the Greek island of Evia fled to the shore to be evacuated by boat on Wednesday as a rapidly spreading wildfire tore through surrounding pine forests, leaving gutted buildings in its wake. The fire, worsened by changing winds, has forced authorities on the island near Athens to evacuate several villages since late Tuesday. Residents and tourists in Rovies, a seaside village, were told to evacuate near the sea on Wednesday. “It’s close (to Rovies village). It’s difficult,” Civil Protection Authority Spok…

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