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Greek authorities announce emergency measures as wildfires rage

Greek authorities announce emergency measures as wildfires rage
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The Greek government has introduced a series of emergency measures after several wildfires broke out. Homes were evacuated while it is understood 10 houses in a hamlet near the historic town of Marathon were burned by one fire.

The government has imposed a ban on cars in some areas with roads around the capital closed. Nearly 300 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers supported by fire engines and four helicopters battled the blaze which spread on several fronts.

The first fire started in a forest in Varibobi as Greece was hit by high winds and warm temperatures.

Planes were employed to dampen down the flames from the air. One government minister has warned the fire risk was “exceptionally critical” for the rest of the week due to the strong winds and dry conditions.