On August 24, 2009 at 5:00 AM the Sacred Monastery of Saint Ephraim in Nea Makri was evacuated due to the fires ravaging throughout the area. However the monastery escaped destruction at the last minute as the flames reached the walls within a few meters of the monastery. The winds had changed direction and the flames as well. News of a miracle began to spread when a Cypriot volunteer discovered among the ashes outside the monastery an icon of St. Ephraim that was fully preserved with a very small amount of corrosion and practically unaffected by the flames. On Tuesday the faithful continued to make pilgrimage to the monastery to venerate the sacred relics of St. Ephraim.