Three dozen blazes put out in 24 hours

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Greece’s fire­fight­ing ser­vices were called to put out 36 for­est fires within 24 hours as high tem­per­a­tures cre­ated tin­der-dry con­di­tions, sources said yes­ter­day. Of the 36 fires, the ma­jor­ity were doused in the ini­tial stages, ac­cord­ing to the fire depart­ment. Most of the other blazes – on Zakyn­thos, in the Cre­tan pre­fec­ture of Ier­ape­tra, in Di­minio near Vo­los and on the is­land of Kythera – were un­der par­tial con­trol yes­ter­day. With an­other heat­wave fore­cast for this week, au­thor­i­ties have ap­pealed to cit­i­zens to avoid ac­tiv­i­ties that could set off for­est fires. Mean­while, a 42-year-old man was ar­rested yes­ter­day for in­ad­ver­tently caus­ing a fire in forested area in the re­gion of Vene­r­i­anika-Koumaro on the is­land of Kythera in south­ern Greece. The sus­pect re­port­edly sparked the blaze while smok­ing his bee­hives on Sun­day.

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