Greek Firefighters Battle New Growing Forest Blaze near Athens

Firefighters in Athens grappled with a raging forest fire that burned through one of the last remaining pine forests of Greece and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

On Wednesday, Greece’s fire service expected the blaze in the Athens suburbs Varympompi and Tatoi to be under control “in the coming hours”. More than 500 firefighters have been deployed to contain the fire while nine helicopters, five aircraft, the police, and the army aided the firemen.

Civil Protection Chief Nikos Hardalias said that it was a particularly difficult night, and that they only managed to decrease four active fire fronts so far.

A fire brigade official cautioned that the blaze, which was the most critical of 81 wildfires that flared up in Greece from Monday to Tuesday, was “still raging”.

The national observatory of Greece instructed the residents from Athens to keep their windows shut despite the humidity to avoid inhaling smoke and particles from the fire.

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