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Large forest fire rages on Greek island of Evia for 3rd day

  • Local residents and firefighters try to save Galataki Monastery as a fire approaches the area near the seaside village of Limni on the island of Evia, about 160kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Nearly 200 firemen, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fire engines and volunteers, are fighting a large forest fire that has raged through the Greek island of Evia for the past three days. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Local residents and firefighters try to save Galataki Monastery as a fire approaches the area near the seaside village of Limni on the island of Evia, about 160kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Nearly 200 firemen, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fire engines and volunteers, are fighting a large forest fire that has raged through the Greek island of Evia for the past three days. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A fire burns over the Galataki Monastery near the village of Limni on the island of Evia, about 160kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Nearly 200 firemen, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fire engines and volunteers, are fighting a large forest fire that has raged through the Greek island of Evia for the past three days. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A fire burns over the Galataki Monastery near the village of Limni on the island of Evia, about 160kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Nearly 200 firemen, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fire engines and volunteers, are fighting a large forest fire that has raged through the Greek island of Evia for the past three days. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A local resident drives his car next to the beach as a fire burns a forest over the sea near the village of Limni on the island of Evia, about 160kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Nearly 200 firemen, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fire engines and volunteers, are fighting a large forest fire that has raged through the Greek island of Evia for the past three days (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A local resident drives his car next to the beach as a fire burns a forest over the sea near the village of Limni on the island of Evia, about 160kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Nearly 200 firemen, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fire engines and volunteers, are fighting a large forest fire that has raged through the Greek island of Evia for the past three days (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Nearly 200 firefighters, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fire engines and volunteers, are fighting a large forest fire that has raged through the Greek island of Evia for three days.

No injuries have been reported, but a village, a monastery and a small hotel have been evacuated, while the blaze threatened the small seaside town of Limni overnight Monday. The hotel was destroyed, along with a holiday home, a restaurant, and a couple of outhouses.

A ferry boat remains on standby, together with dozens of pleasure craft and fishing boats to evacuate Limni if necessary, but a change in the direction of the wind turned the flames away.

Five planes and five helicopters are taking part in the efforts. The cause of the fire is still unclear.