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Fire­fight­ers yes­ter­day bat­tled two sep­a­rate blazes though their ef­forts were ham­pered by strong winds that fanned the flames. In Kry­oneri, north­east of Athens, 15 fire trucks, four wa­ter-dump­ing air­planes and a he­li­copter were dis­patched to put out a blaze that started in a re­mote forested area shortly after 10 a.m. Winds in ex­cess of 6 Beau­fort were mak­ing their task that much harder, but fire­fight­ers man­aged to keep the flames away from nearby homes. In Messinia in the south­west­ern Pelo­pon­nese, six fire trucks and four wa­ter-car­ry­ing planes were try­ing to con­tain a scat­tered brush­fire on the craggy hills of Me­tax­ada. That blaze too had not threat­ened any res­i­den­tial ar­eas by night­fall.

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