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Greece under threat of new wildfires

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Emergency crews in Greece say there is a big risk of more of the wildfires that caused homes to be evacuated in Athens and Rhodes.

The blaze that threatened the capital yesterday has now been brought under control. But officials say the soaring temperatures and dry conditions mean there could be further outbreaks at any time.

Residents in a north-eastern suburb of Athens fled their homes as the flames approached. Seven aircraft and dozens of fire trucks eventually managed to contain the blaze and prevent damage to any homes.

The main concern now lies on the island of Rhodes where 1,500 hectares of forest and agricultural land have been burnt.

The emergency has revived painful memories of a ten day inferno last year that killed 65 people.