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Multinational forces team up to fight Greek wildfires

Firefighters try to extinguish the burning blaze of a forest fire near in the village of Avgaria on the Greek island of Evia, August 10, 2021. (ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP)
Firefighters try to extinguish the burning blaze of a forest fire near in the village of Avgaria on the Greek island of Evia, August 10, 2021. (ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP)

Hundreds of firefighters from across Europe and the Middle East are working alongside Greek colleagues in rugged terrain to contain flareups of the huge wildfires that ravaged Greece’s forests for a week, destroying homes and forcing evacuations.

The spread of the blazes has been largely halted, officials said, but fronts are still burning on the large island of Evia and in Greece’s southern Peloponnese region.

Greece says a total 900 firefighters, including teams from Poland, Romania, Cyprus, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovakia and Moldova, are in action on Evia. Another 600 firefighters from Greece, the Czech Republic, Britain, France and Germany are deployed near ancient Olympia and in Arcadia in the Peloponnese, assisted by 14 water-dropping aircraft and volunteers.

A massive fire that broke out last week north of Athens has been limited to a section of a national park on Mount Parnitha, with mostly ground forces trying to put it out with the help of a helicopter. Firefighters from France, Qatar, Kuwait and Israel are deployed there.

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