Wildfires rampage in Greek forests, cut large island in half

A helicopter drops water on a fire during a wildfire near Malakasa, in northern Athens, Greece, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. Wildfires rampaged through massive swathes of Greece’s last remaining forests for yet another day Saturday, encroaching on inhabited areas and burning scores of homes, businesses and farmland. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

ATHENS, Greece — Three large wildfires churned across Greece on Saturday, with one threatening whole towns and cutting a line across Evia, the country’s second-largest island, isolating its northern part. Others engulfed forested mountainsides and skirted ancient sites, leaving behind a trail of destruction that one official described as “a biblical catastrophe.”