Mon, August 31, 2009

Wildfires rage in Greece

Wildfires in Greece mostly under control

Greek fire brigade officials on Monday afternoon appeared confident that efforts to extinguish the last remaining wildfires in Attica prefecture would be successful by nightfall, with the emphasis now shifting to preventing any rekindling of fires. Full story

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Major wildfires in Europe in recent years

Huge wildfires, which occurred on Aug. 21 near Greece's capital city of Athens, has covered more than 48,600 hectares of woodland.

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