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Fire on Mount Hymettus (Image by Finisterre67; Twitter)

Athens: Wildfires threaten homes

Large forest fires are spreading across the mountains surrounding Athens, closing in on homes on the outskirts of the Greek capital.

More wildfires in the southern Peloponnese countryside have forced people to flee their villages on Friday.

Firefighters are still trying to extinguish the flames at the foot of Mount Hymettus, southeast of Athens. Water-dropping helicopters are also reported to be in action, while large parts of the city are engulfed in smoke.


Residents are helping by trying to keep the flames from reaching their homes. No injuries have so far been reported.

According to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Greek army and air-force will be joining in the effort to extinguish the flames.

High temperatures are impeding the efforts. Wildfires regularly occur during Greece’s hot summers. In 2007, more than 600 Greeks died during wildfires in rural areas.


Elisabeth Brahier

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