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Eight firefighting planes, 12 helicopters and 300 firefighters were deployed in an attempt to stop a number of fires.

One of the fires reached a suburb of Athens.

– It is a difficult and dangerous fire, says civil defense chief Nikos Hardalis Associated Press.

– Fire crews had to work between homes, he continues.

Firefighters in Greece work on a burning car in Dionysos, an area on the outskirts of Athens.

Photo: Yorgos Karahalis / AP

The news agency wrote that more than a dozen houses were burned and permanent residents were being evacuated in the Dionysos area on the outskirts of Athens.

– Destroy the house. When describing the situation north of the capital in an interview with Sky TV, Deputy Governor Vassilis Kokalis said that many residents had to be taken to safety.

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Greek Minister Michalis Chrysodis

Social Security Minister Michalis Chrysodis said four people have been arrested in connection with the forest fires north of Athens.

Photo: Giannis Papanikos / AP

Police have received reports from the local community that some fires in the Stamata Dionysus area may be burning.

– Four people have been arrested and are now being questioned, says the Minister of Social Security, Michalis Chrysokodis.

The detainees are suspected of collaborating with real estate developers. Police theory says that the detainee set fire to bushes and forests to facilitate illegal home construction.

Forest fires in the outskirts of Athens

Four people have been arrested in connection with the fires near Athens. The police suspect that they are in alliance with people who are planning to build an illegal home.

Photo: Valerie Gache/AP

One of the fires broke out about 30 kilometers northeast of downtown Athens and is approaching the city.

Severe dehydration has been reported

Greek authorities and firefighters are in a hurry to control the fires. What’s dangerous now may get worse in a few days.

Towards the end of this week, warmer weather is expected, reaching 43 degrees on Friday, as well as higher winds.

Forest fires also broke out in many other places in Greece after several weeks of severe drought.

Hot and dry weather is characteristic of many countries in southern Europe. This week saw wildfires in Sardinia and Sicily, Italy. In Moux in southwest France In Catalonia, Spain.

Forest fire near Athens

A retiree looks at the damage after a fire destroyed the neighborhood. The photo is from the Dionysos area on the outskirts of Athens and was taken on Tuesday 27 July

Photo: Yorgos Karahalis / AP

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