Greece battles Europe’s deadliest fire of the summer for 10th day

A firefighting helicopter drops water during efforts to put out wildfire in the area of Leptokarya, Evros, northern Greece, on 26 August 2023. [Dimitris Alexoudis/EPA]

Hundreds of Greek firefighters were battling a huge blaze on Monday that has killed at least 20 people over the past 10 days, Europe's deadliest wildfire so far this summer as record-setting heatwaves unleash blazes across the continent.

The fire, which began near the city of Alexandroupolis, has raged uncontrolled in northeastern Greece's Evros region, turbocharged by near-gale force winds and high temperatures. All but one of the victims killed so far were irregular migrants hiding in the forest.

"It is the definition of what we call a megafire," government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis told a regular briefing.

The European Union-backed Copernicus Climate Change Service said the Evros blaze had burned more than 77,000 hectares of land, making it one of the biggest on European soil in years.

"We tried to wet the land with hoses a bit, for protection, but...

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