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Wildfires Approach Athens Amid Record Heat Wave

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Fires broke out in the woodlands at the foot of Mount Parnitha near Athens. The roads were blocked, and hundreds of people living in the area were evacuated.
On Tuesday, 3 August, wildfires broke out in several villages north of Athens, caused by abnormal heat.
Due to the fires, the highway linking Athens with North Macedonia has been blocked. The situation is complicated by the weather; since the beginning of last week the country has been experiencing 40-degree heat. According to forecasts, the abnormally high temperatures will last another 12 days.
The Greek authorities urged the population not to leave their homes, especially for pregnant women and the elderly. Cooling centres have been opened for the homeless on an emergency basis.
Greece, due to its Mediterranean climate, experiences long dry summers with extremely high temperatures, especially during the months of July and August. The country, as a result, regularly suffers from devastating forest fires. In 2018, the Attica wildfires claimed the lives of 102 people.
 
© REUTERS / Giorgos Moutafis A statue of the goddess Athena is seen as a wildfire burns at Varympompi suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
A statue of the goddess Athena is seen as a wildfire burns at Varympompi suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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A statue of the goddess Athena is seen as a wildfire burns at Varympompi suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
© AFP 2021 / Louisa GouliamakiPeople watch a massive forest fire north of Athens. A forest fire broke out on 3 August 2021, cutting a section of the main motorway linking Athens to northern and southern Greece.
People watch a massive forest fire north of Athens. A forest fire broke out on 3 August 2021, cutting a section of the main motorway linking Athens to northern and southern Greece. - Sputnik International
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People watch a massive forest fire north of Athens. A forest fire broke out on 3 August 2021, cutting a section of the main motorway linking Athens to northern and southern Greece.
© REUTERS / Costas BaltasFirefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
© REUTERS / Giorgos Moutafis A firefighter gives water to a dog as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
A firefighter gives water to a dog as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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A firefighter gives water to a dog as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
© AP Photo / Michael VaraklasA helicopter operates during a wildfire in Tatoi area, northern Athens, Greece, Tuesday, 3 August 2021.
A helicopter operates during a wildfire in Tatoi area, northern Athens, Greece, Tuesday, 3 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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A helicopter operates during a wildfire in Tatoi area, northern Athens, Greece, Tuesday, 3 August 2021.
© REUTERS / Costas BaltasVolunteer firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
Volunteer firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021. - Sputnik International
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Volunteer firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
© REUTERS / Giorgos Moutafis Horses are seen in a farm as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
Horses are seen in a farm as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August  2021.  - Sputnik International
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Horses are seen in a farm as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
© AP Photo / Thanassis StavrakisA firefighter tries to extinguish the flames at a burning house in the Varibobi area, northern Athens, Greece, Wednesday, 4 August 2021.
A firefighter tries to extinguish the flames at a burning house in the Varibobi area, northern Athens, Greece, Wednesday, 4 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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A firefighter tries to extinguish the flames at a burning house in the Varibobi area, northern Athens, Greece, Wednesday, 4 August 2021.
© REUTERS / Giorgos MoutafisVolunteer firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
Volunteer firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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Volunteer firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
© AFP 2021 / Louisa GouliamakiPeople gather at the entrance to a military airport in Tatoi near Acharnes during a massive forest fire, north of Athens on 3 August 2021.
People gather at the entrance to a military airport in Tatoi near Acharnes during a massive forest fire, north of Athens on 3 August 2021. - Sputnik International
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People gather at the entrance to a military airport in Tatoi near Acharnes during a massive forest fire, north of Athens on 3 August 2021.
© REUTERS / Giorgos MoutafisFirefighters work near burnt cars as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
Firefighters work near burnt cars as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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Firefighters work near burnt cars as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
© REUTERS / Giorgos MoutafisA firefighter reacts as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
A firefighter reacts as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.  - Sputnik International
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A firefighter reacts as a wildfire burns in Varympompi, a suburb north of Athens, Greece, 3 August 2021.
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