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Greece Fires

By: associated press
By: associated press


ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Water-dropping planes and helicopters have resumed operations in Greece as wildfire crews outside Athens scramble to take advantage of a lull in high winds.
Aircraft have been sent from France, Italy and Cyprus to join in the effort, with more help expected from other countries. The winds are expected back later.
The massive wildfires broke out Friday and have leveled about 58 square miles of forest and brush, damaged or destroyed scores of homes and forced thousands to flee.
Officials say dozens of nuns had to be rescued from a convent threatened by one blaze.
At least five people are being treated for burns and several dozen had reported breathing problems, but none of the injuries is serious.
Hundreds of forest blazes plague Greece every summer and many are set intentionally.


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