Wildfires Rage across Greece*

Wildfires Rage across Greece*

By Alan Taylor

Around Athens and in other parts of southern Greece, about 50 forest fires have broken out in recent days, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures, sending clouds of smoke billowing over the city and forcing hundreds of residents to flee from flames threatening their homes. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece had requested help from his country’s army and air force, as well as the European emergency response centre, to fight the blazes.

A firefighting plane drops water over a fire near holiday homes in Costa village, in the Argolida region in southeastern Greece, during a developing wildfire on July 20, 2015. Dozens of people were evacuated as firefighters fought the fire, which broke out on Monday afternoon in Panorama in Costa village at a forested area where dozens of summer houses are located, according to local media

 

A firefighter tries to extinguish a fire in Athens on July 17, 2015

 

A firefighting helicopter flies over smoke billowing over Athens on July 17, 2015, as firemen battle a brush fire in northeastern Athens and another wildfire in the southern Peloponnese peninsula that prompted the evacuation of five villages.

 

A fire burns on the mountain of Ymittos, in the eastern suburbs of Athens, on July 17, 2015 Thanassis Stavrakis / AP

 

Flames rise next to a fire truck as a wildfire rages at the village of Neapoli on July 17, 2015 Vassilis Konstantopoulos / Intime / Reuters

 

Local residents try to extinguish a wildfire raging at the village of Neapoli on July 17, 2015 Panagiotis Kouros / Eurokinissi / Reuters

Local residents try to extinguish a wildfire raging at the village of Neapoli on July 17, 2015

Panagiotis Kouros / Eurokinissi / Reuters

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