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Athens fires contained, up to 60 homes destroyed

 A burnt tortoise lies by a dirt track near the artificial Marathon Lake, some 40 kilometers north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Authorities s...
 A man stands in the wreckage of his burnt home in the village of Stamata, north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Authorities say a massive wildf...
 A man stands amid the wreckage of his burnt home in the village of Stamata, north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Authorities say a massive wil...
 A state electricity worker repairs the fire-damaged power network as a water-dropping helicopter flies in the background at the village of Kalentzi n...
 Unharmed glasshouses stand against the charred hillside near the village of Marathon, some 42 kilometers north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. ...
 A state electricity worker repairs the fire-damaged power network in the village of Kalentzi near the artificial Marathon Lake, some 40 kilometers no...
 Two elderly women carry out their belongings from a burnt-out house at Rodopoli, north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Wildfires north of Athen...
 Burnt trees stand behind a damaged house in the village of Kalentzi, northeast of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Wildfires north of Athens ravage...
 A house is seen on a fire ravaged  hill in the  Drafi area, about 35 kilometers , 23 miles east of Athens on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Wildfires north ...

Greece Wildfires

A burnt tortoise lies by a dirt track near the artificial Marathon Lake, some 40 kilometers north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Authorities s...

Greece Wildfires

A man stands in the wreckage of his burnt home in the village of Stamata, north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Authorities say a massive wildf...

Greece Wildfires

A man stands amid the wreckage of his burnt home in the village of Stamata, north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Authorities say a massive wil...

Greece Wildfires

A state electricity worker repairs the fire-damaged power network as a water-dropping helicopter flies in the background at the village of Kalentzi n...

Greece Wildfires

Unharmed glasshouses stand against the charred hillside near the village of Marathon, some 42 kilometers north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. ...

Greece Wildfires

A state electricity worker repairs the fire-damaged power network in the village of Kalentzi near the artificial Marathon Lake, some 40 kilometers no...

Greece Fires

Two elderly women carry out their belongings from a burnt-out house at Rodopoli, north of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Wildfires north of Athen...

Greece Fires

Burnt trees stand behind a damaged house in the village of Kalentzi, northeast of Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Wildfires north of Athens ravage...

Greece Fires

A house is seen on a fire ravaged hill in the Drafi area, about 35 kilometers , 23 miles east of Athens on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Wildfires north ...

Authorities in Greece say all fires in greater Athens have been put out or confined to small areas.
The fires burned 21,000 hectares (51,890 acres) of pine forest, olive grove, brush and farmland. The fire department says fires were all contained by early Wednesday, but that hundreds of firefighters remain in the area to stop fires re-igniting.
Regional government officials say between 50 and 60 homes were destroyed, according to an initial estimate issued Wednesday, with a further 150 seriously damaged.


Updated : 2021-06-21 19:32 GMT+08:00