Nearly 3,900 New Fires in the Amazon in just 48 Hours

The number of wildfires in the Amazon jungle continues to grow, although the government has introduced a ban on fire making for farmland cleaning, AFP reported.

In the first 48 hours after the ban was introduced, data from the satellite of the National Space Research Institute showed 3859 new outbreaks, of which 2000 were concentrated in the rain forest area.

Fire breaks out north of Athens

About 33 firefighters assisted by 15 fire engines, four water-dropping aircraft and two helicopters were on Friday trying to contain a wildfire on Mount Penteli, north of the Greek capital.

No more information was immediately available about the blaze which erupted near a residential neighborhood.