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Ten fires on Corfu, fanned by strong winds

Firefighters on the Ionian island of Corfu were busy battling 10 separate blazes on Wednesday, as forest fires near the villages of Vitalades and Chlomo threatened a number of houses.

Strong winds, reaching 8 Beaufort, stoked the flames and prevented the use of water-dropping aircraft.

The island?s entire firefighting force and dozens of locals were still struggling to contain the blazes late into Wednesday night, and were expecting the arrival of four water-dropping helicopters to help them in their efforts.