Firefighters Battle Large Wildfire in Greece

Firefighters and aircraft battle a wildfire near Athens

 

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in the Kalyvia area some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Athens, Monday, July 31, 2017. Dozens of firefighters, assisted by five water-dropping helicopters, are battling a large brush fire south of Athens, but Greek authorities say no inhabited areas are in immediate danger. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

 

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of firefighters are battling a large brush fire south of Athens, though no inhabited areas are in immediate danger, Greek authorities said Monday.

Photos: Athens Wildfire

The fire service said that by late Monday, when nightfall prevented water-dropping aircraft from operating, the situation had improved considerably and the flames remained far from any homes.

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Some 70 firefighters on the ground, backed up by more than 30 fire engines and water tankers, were taking part in the operation. During daylight hours, five water-dropping helicopters assisted in the efforts.

The blaze broke out in the Kalyvia area some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Athens, and quickly spread through tinder-dry vegetation due to strong winds.

Summer wildfires are common in Greece. Dozens of people died in major blazes in 2007.

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Firefighters and aircraft battle a wildfire near Athens     ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of firefighters are battling a large brush fire south of Athens, though no inhabited areas are in immediate danger, Greek authorities said Monday. Photos: Athens Wildfire The fire service said that by late Monday, when nightfall prevented water-dropping aircraft from […]

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