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Greece feels first forest fires this year

Greece feels first forest fires this year
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Greece is feeling the heat, after dozens of forest fires broke out across the country.

In what is becoming an almost perennial summer event, flames fanned by strong winds engulfed large areas of countryside near Athens.

So far, no casualties have been reported although one large blaze forced the evacuation of a nunnery and a children’s holiday camp close to the capital.

When asked if it was deliberate, one woman said:
“I don’t know. I don’t think it was arson. It started from somewhere and the speed was great and the winds were strong.”

Wildfires, often started by arsonists to clear land for development, are a frequent and recurring problem in Greece.

Earlier on Saturday, some 150 firefighters and nearly a dozen aircraft were battling to put out the flames in what are the first major wildfires in Greece this year.