Risk of wild­fires spikes as new heat wave be­gins

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A blaze that started Fri­day morn­ing in wood­lands in the Milopota­mos area of the is­land of Kithira was brought un­der par­tial con­trol on Satur­day, although fire­fight­ers had their work cut out them them due to strong winds com­bined with hot, dry con­di­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, some 49 fires broke out around the coun­try on Fri­day and Satur­day, in­clud­ing one in Ilia in the Pelo­pon­nese that burned for­est ar­eas, as well as an­other in Messinia, also in south­ern Greece. Strong winds and tin­der-dry con­di­tions also sparked a blaze late last week in Lag­o­nissi, south­east of Athens, which burnt a house and a fire­fight­ing ve­hi­cle.

Au­thor­i­ties are warn­ing peo­ple to be es­pe­cially vig­i­lant over the com­ing days as a the ad­vent of a new pro­longed heat wave raises the risk of fires even higher.

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