Major wildfire on Crete contained

A wildfire that broke out on Thursday night in the southern part of Rethymno, Crete, was reported as having been fully contained on Sunday noon, after burning thousands of stremma of forest and grazing land, olive groves, sheep pens and animals, and threatening tens of homes in villages in the municipality of Aghios Vassilios.
A strong team of 11 fire engines with a 35-member crew and another 11 firefighters on foot remained at the site for precautionary reasons to deal with possible rekindling on minor fronts that were still smoking.
The blaze was one of the largest in the area in recent years, and the second one to break out in the area in the space of two weeks.
The Fire Brigade was investigating the possibility of arson.

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