Wildfires in Greece

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At least 50 people are feared dead in wildfires burning in Greece. The fires have hit the Attica region around Athens, the capital of Greece.

It is Greece’s worst fire crisis in more than a decade.

As part of a huge rescue effort, emergency workers used boats and helicopters to evacuate a beach.

“We will do whatever is humanly possible to control it,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told reporters.

Tsipras has declared a state of emergency in Attica, saying “all emergency forces” had been mobilised.

His government has asked other European countries for helicopters and additional firefighters to help tackle the fires.

Italy, Germany, Poland and France have all sent help in the form of planes, vehicles and firefighters.

What caused the fires?
Fires are a recurring problem during the hot, dry summer months in Attica. The flames this week were fanned by high winds.


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  1. Hmm, I suggest you should cut down all the trees around the fire so it can’t spread anymore.

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