Fires were repeatedly reigniting on Friday in the fire-stricken region of Nyfida, in the south of the Aegean island of Lesvos. The fire had broken out on two fronts on Thursday, near the village Polichnitos, and the two fronts had later joined and burned through swathes of pasture, scrub land and olive groves, though no residential areas were threatened.
Fire brigade sources said that a large front was under partial control at Agios Fokas at around 4:00 p.m. but not the front at Nyfida. They appeared hopeful that it would be under control before nightfall, however, given that weather conditions were more favourable than on the previous day. The Northern Aegean Fire Brigade commander Diamantis Kanellopoulos described the fire as "abating" and expressed confidence that it would soon be under control since winds were not as strong as on Thursday.
Early reports indicate that at least one of the fires was caused by arson due to negligence and authorities are seeking a man that was doing welding work in the open air, producing sparks that set fire to dried grass in the area. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the second front, though arson has not been ruled out.
The area in flames is inaccessible to fire-fighting vehicles, hampering the efforts of fire-fighters to put out the blaze.