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European edition, Wenesday, August 1, 2007

U.S. sailors and civilian firefighters helped Greek firefighters battle a wildfire near the village of Kambansos, about 30 miles southwest of Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Crete, on Monday and Tuesday, U.S. Navy officials said.

The governor of the Chania prefecture called base commanding officer Capt. Thomas McDonough on Monday night seeking help.

The Navy provided three vehicles and six firefighters — three active-duty sailors and three civilians — for ground support and to man fire apparatus, according to a Navy news release. Other base personnel, including from the public works and community liaison offices, also helped.

A total of 44 firefighting units responded to the blaze from all corners of the island.

Families in the immediate area were evacuated, and officials reported no injuries and no homes destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The local Chania fire chief reported that fires burned more than 2,000 olive trees.


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