Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nasa satellite captures intense smoke from Chios wildfires as Greek secret service investigates more than 20 major blazes

Greece's secret service is investigating an unusually large number of wildfires across the country to see if arson has been involved.

More than 20 major blazes are raging out of control in Greece, including one that has ravaged the eastern Aegean island of Chios for four days.

Announcing the decision to bring in the secret service, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said in many cases authorities have 'indications, if not proof, that the fires were lit intentionally', including blazes on Chios and the western resort island of Zakynthos.

On Sunday, authorities on the central Aegean island of Andros arrested two French tourists on suspicion of starting a forest fire.

In Chios, firefighters are battling two major fronts in central and southern areas. Read More