Two blazes doused

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Fire­fight­ers yes­ter­day bat­tled blazes near Koroni, in the Pelo­pon­nese, and Kry­oneri, a ru­ral area in north­ern At­tica, but dry con­di­tions and high tem­per­a­tures ham­pered their progress. Nev­er­the­less fire­men man­aged to keep the flames away from res­i­den­tial ar­eas. The first fire was re­ported on farm­land near Koroni shortly after 1 p.m., prompt­ing the fire ser­vice to dis­patch 12 en­gines and 28 fire­fight­ers to the scene while a Canadair wa­ter­drop­ping air­craft aided ef­forts. Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal mayor, Dim­itris Kafan­taris, the fire ap­peared on three fronts si­mul­ta­ne­ously, which sug­gests that it was likely the work of ar­son­ists. Fire­fight­ers man­aged to bring the blaze un­der con­trol within four hours. The sec­ond fire ap­peared in the area of Kry­oneri shortly after 2 p.m., prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties to send nine fire en­gines and 27 fire­fight­ers to the scene while two he­li­copters helped the ef­forts. The ex­tent of the dam­age in Kry­oneri was un­clear while an es­ti­mated 3 hectares of land was razed by the Koroni blaze.

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