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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-22

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  • [01] Major wildfire north of Athens

  • [01] Major wildfire north of Athens

    A major wildfire was burning at the Sesi site, Marathon municipality, northeast of Athens on Saturday, after erupting the previous evening. Swirling winds of up to 5 on the Beaufort scale on Saturday morning caused the flames to switch direction and head towards a cluster of country residences in the region.

    A large detail of fire-fighters, aided by 35 fire engines and six fire-fighting aircraft, were at the scene battling the blaze, now centred between the communities of Sesi, Varnavas and Grammatiko - the latter township recently in the headlines due to the vocal opposition of local residents to the placement of a landfill in the area.

    Meanwhile, a total of three separate wildfires were reported on the Ionian island of Zakynthos on Saturday, with some 300 hectares of forestland burned so far, in what otherwise had been a mostly uneventful summer season, in terms of wildfires, in the east Mediterranean country.

    Along those lines, civil defence authorities on Saturday issued wildfire warnings for the greater Athens area and a handful of large islands. Volunteer patrols were reported in many parts of the countryside, while the prefect of Arcadia prefecture in the central Peloponnese order a 24-hour ban on vehicles entering the verdant Mainalos mountain pass.

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