Major blaze near Athens contained

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Greek firefighters on Monday brought under control a major forest fire that was threatening homes on the outskirts of Athens.

At least two houses were burned but there were no reports of injuries as police quickly evacuated the area and blocked roads.

The civil protection authority said the blaze started around three am in the eastern suburb of Peania, in the pine-forested foothills of Mount Ymittos with flames around 20 metres high, near homes.

Wildfires in Greece
 Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire burning container boxes with telecommunication and radio equipment at the Radion Antenna Park atop of Ymmitos Mountain (Hymettus), after a wildfire that broke out at the foot of the mountain on the outskirt of Athens, Greece, 12 August 2019. EPA-EFE/KOSTAS TSIRONIS

Over 130 firemen were dispatched to the scene to stop the fire spreading to heavily inhabited areas nearby.

Wildfire on Ymmitos Mountain, on the outskirt of Athens
A firefighting helicopter extinguishes a wildfire that broke out on Ymmitos Mountain (Hymettus), on the outskirt of Athens, Greece, 12 August 2019. A wildfire broke out in the forest of Paeania, suburb of Athens, early dawn of Monday, but firemen quickly controlled it. EPA-EFE/KOSTAS TSIRONIS

Fire-bombing aircraft joined the operation at first light.

On Sunday, a fire on the small island of Elafonissos,in the Peloponnese region was brought under control after a two-day battle. Two more fires were doused on Saturday in Marathon, close to Mati, the coastal resort where last year 102 people died in Greece’s worst fire disaster.

Via Greek Reporter/France 24

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