Heat and wind fuel more fires

High temperatures and strong winds yesterday fueled more than 60 fires across the country, with large blazes north of Athens and on the island of Evia. Fires broke out at Stamata and Aghios Stefanos, northern Attica, where blazes had also ravaged forestland earlier in the week. These fires, and another large one in the municipality of Aidipsos on Evia, had been partially brought under control by late yesterday. A smaller fire that broke out in the early evening on Ardittos Hill, next to the Panathenaic Stadium in central Athens, was extinguished before it had a chance to spread. There was also a fire on the island of Kythera in the Peloponnese but the local fire brigade was quick to douse it. Athens, eastern Attica and Evia are again high-risk areas for fires today.