Greece Fires Update

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The battle against out-of-control
wildfires that have scorched areas around Athens and other parts of
Greece has become international.
Civil Protection Agency officials say firefighting planes and
helicopters are being sent in from Spain, Turkey and the European
Union. They will join water dropping planes already on the scene
from France, Italy and Cyprus. They will help reinforce the
strained Greek firefighting force that includes everyone from
professionals to workers shoveling sand and homeowners using garden hoses and buckets of water to help battle the inferno.
Six major fires have burned across Greece for the past four days. The most threatening continues to rage outside Athens.
Elderly nuns at the Saint Ephrem Monastery north of Athens were evacuated today as flames up to 100 feet high raced down a mountainside.
Weather forecasters say there could be a bit of relief tomorrow,
with the strong winds that have helped flamed the fire expected to
ease.


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