- Title: Large wildfire breaks out southeast of Athens threatening homes
- Date: 31st July 2017
- Summary: KALYVIA, GREECE (JULY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) LARGE STREAM OF SMOKE ON HILLSIDE BEHIND HOMES VARIOUS OF HILLSIDE COVERED IN SMOKE, FLAMES BURNING UP HILLSIDE SMOKE AND FLAMES BEHIND ROWS OF HOUSES HELICOPTER DUMPING WATER ON FIRE HILLSIDE ON FIRE, HEAVY WIND BLOWING STREAM OF ORANGE FLAMES BURNING TREES AND BRUSH ON HILLSIDE HELICOPTER POURING WATER ON FIRE BILLOWS OF SMOKE AND FLAMES SMOKE RISING ON HILL BEHIND HOMES, FLAMES ON TOP OF ANOTHER HILLSIDE HELICOPTER ARRIVING TO POUR WATER HELICOPTER POURING WATER ON FLAMES HILLSIDE WITH FLAMES, SMOKE RISING FROM ANOTHER HILLSIDE BEHIND HOMES HELICOPTER POURING WATER ON FLAMES HILLSIDE BURNING HUGE ORANGE FLAMES BURNING TREES AND BRUSH, BLACK SMOKE IN THE AIR HELICOPTER FLYING HELICOPTER POURING WATER ON FIRE
- Embargoed: 14th August 2017 21:14
- Keywords: fire winds forest homes Greece Kalyvia
- Location: KALYVIA, GREECE
- City: KALYVIA, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA0016S1U5HJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Fire-fighters battled to contain a wildfire threatening to reach homes in a south-eastern suburb of Athens late on Monday (July 31).
More than 70 fire-fighters and 30 vehicles, assisted by five helicopters, battled the fire for hours in the suburb of Kalyvia, some 35 kilometres southeast of Athens. The flames spread out across hillsides, burning trees and brush in their path, and came close to homes.
The fire-fighters were hindered by heavy winds in the region and struggled to douse fire fronts before night fell. Fire officials said they would be working into the night as winds were expected to continue and there were fears the blaze would fan out further. Roads in the region were closed off to traffic.
Greece is often plagued by strong winds and high temperatures during the summer, sparking wildfires.
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