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Battle to halt Greek forest fires

Firefighters are battling large forest fires on three Greek islands and the mainland.

The fire department said the blazes started on Tuesday on the holiday islands of Zakynthos, Kephallonia and Lefkada, as well as near the village of Zilefto in central Greece. No inhabited areas are under threat.

Strong winds were hampering firefighting efforts and strengthening the flames.

Around 250 firefighters were tackling the blazes and a fire department statement said reinforcements would be sent on Wednesday.

The causes of the fires were unknown.

Greece suffers destructive forest fires every summer, although this year the damage so far has been comparatively small.

In 2007, 76 people died when blazes swept through central and southern Greece.


From Belfast Telegraph