The Greek capital Athens faces another exhausting day as wildfires continue to rage out of control.
High winds and hot, dry conditions are forecast for today, with fire crews stretched beyond their limits in the city’s northern suburbs. The fires broke out on Friday on Mount Penteli, which separates Athens from the Marathon Plain. They swept down the side of the mountain, covering the 40 kms to Athens by Sunday afternoon. Twelve Canadair planes, a fleet of helicopters and hundreds of firefighters and soldiers struggled all weekend to bring the fires under control, but with little success. Greece is no stranger to summer wildfires, but the government is under attack for its handling of the crisis. The opposition said nothing had been learned from 2007’s disaster when fires killed 65 people, and demanded a snap election.