Forest fires hit Evia, Keratea

High temperatures and strong winds conspired to fuel several forest fires on Sunday, with the worst blazes in northern Evia and Keratea, southwest of Athens.

In Keratea, firefighters curbed the blaze before it could threaten residential areas.

In northern Evia, near Aidipsos, firefighters were working until late in the evening to contain the blaze.

Smaller fires in Laconia and on the Ionian island of Zakynthos were quickly extinguished.

The blazes were the first major fires so far this year and come as firefighting unionists complain about inadequate equipment and acute shortstaffing.