Tin­der-dry con­di­tions pose in­creased threat

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As fire­fight­ers were still strug­gling to get a large blaze un­der con­trol on the eastern Aegean is­land of Lesvos yes­ter­day, another flared up on the south­ern is­land of Kythira. The fire on farm­land in the veg­e­ta­tion-rich area of My­lopota­mos re­port­edly came close to but did not threaten peo­ple’s homes. Five fire en­gines, four planes and 10 fire­fight­ers were in­volved in the ef­fort. Greece’s fire service has been stretched over the past few days, as the high tem­per­a­tures, strong winds and an ab­sence of rain have cre­ated tin­der-dry con­di­tions in many parts of the coun­try – and else­where in south­ern Europe. Yes­ter­day fire­fight­ers con­tained fires on the Sa­ronic is­land of Spet­ses, in the re­gion of Ilia in the Pelo­pon­nese, in Kavala, north­ern Greece, as well as near Athens, in the ar­eas of Anavysos and Sa­ronida east of the cap­i­tal, where four fire­men were in­jured and one home was de­stroyed on Thurs­day. The fire on Lesvos is be­lieved to have been the re­sult of pre­med­i­tated ar­son, ac­cord­ing to the is­land’s fire chief.

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