Wildfires in Greece have reached the suburbs of Athens. The flames have been spreading steadily toward the capital since Friday and are now threatening homes and lives. Around 300 firemen have been joined by hundreds of soldiers, backed up with more than 100 fire engines to tackle the blaze. Italy and France have sent water-carrying aircraft to the area.
When they started on Friday, the fires were 55 kilometers north of Athens in the village of Grammatiko. Gale force winds helped the flames spread to Varnavas and Marathon. They have now reached the residential areas of Athens, accelerating at night when aircraft and helicopters are unable to take to the skies. Ground teams are now having to use resources to protect homes and lives, leaving fewer hands to stop the fires spreading. No casualties have been reported but with high winds forecast, authorities face a tough battle to keep it that way.