Wildfire

Smoldering fire at abandoned recycling plant ‘chokes’ west Athens

The greater Athens area, particularly the working-class western districts, have been choking on toxic fumes as a result of a still smoldering fire at an abandoned recycling plant in the Aspropyrgos district, west of Athens proper.

The distinct and unpleasant smell of burnt plastic was evident in much of western Athens on Tuesday.

Large wildfire threatens southern Greek village

Greek authorities have partially evacuated a southern village near a major archaeological site due to a large wildfire that is being swept on by strong winds.

The fire brigade says that nine aircraft and helicopters are dropping water over the blaze that broke out Monday near Mavromati, a village of about 300 people some 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of Athens.

Mild summer results in fewer fires this year, figures show

A relatively mild summer this year resulted in 25 percent fewer wildfires than in 2013, according to new fire service figures seen by Kathimerini.

A total of 3,846 fires broke out on agricultural and forest land between January 1 and July 31 of this year compared to 5,066 in the same period last year, official figures show.

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