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2 large fires burn near Athens

2 large fires burn near Athens

Two large forest fires, the first of the summer season, are burning near Athens, aided by gale force winds up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour.
The most serious of the two is threatening houses near the coastal resort town of Kalamos, 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Athens. A nearby village has been mostly evacuated, authorities say. The fire broke out around 1 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) Saturday in a mountain ravine.
Another fire broke out earlier near the port of Lavrio, southeast of Athens. Authorities had said they had contained the fire, but winds have picked up and the fire has expanded. An unknown number of houses have been burned and a scouts' camp evacuated.
Huge forest fires devastated a large area east of Athens in 2007.


Updated : 2020-12-01 20:07 GMT+08:00