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Wildfire near Athens forces evacuation of seaside resorts

Wildfire breaks out near Athens, seaside resorts to evacuate: firefighters
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A wildfire broke out near Athens on Monday as a heatwave gripped the country, firefighters said, with several seaside resorts ordered evacuated as a precaution.

The blaze broke out in Kouvaras, which lies some 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of Athens. “It’s a difficult fire, the winds are really strong” with gusts reaching up to 60 kilometres (37 miles) per hour,” said Yannis Artopios, a firefighters spokesman.

Greece has been gripped by a heatwave since last week, with temperatures reaching 44C in the centre of the country.


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