The residents of Chios made an appeal to the Greek government to send more firefighters and water-dropping helicopters as strong winds made the situation worse. Weather conditions forced officials to send helicopters instead of Canadair aircraft to drop water, which are usually used in such cases. Huge plumes of thick black smoke rose into the air and over neighboring cities in Turkey.
Despite the Greek fire brigade’s efforts, the conflagration destroyed many hectares of mastic trees, a unique cultivation sector that brings much profit to the islanders. According to unofficial estimates, the fire might have burnt about 40% of the mastic trees.
Approximately 120 firemen, 50 trucks, 50 volunteer firefighters, and 79 soldiers were deployed. Politischios.gr reported that a fireman was injured fighting the blaze, and was transported to the hospital by car since there were no doctors or ambulances available.