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Wildfire rages on Greek island of Zakynthos

July 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM   |   Comments


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ZAKYNTHOS, Greece, July 11 (UPI) -- A wildfire burned on the Greek island of Zakynthos but populated areas were not threatened, authorities said Monday.

The fire brigade told the Athens News Agency eight engines with 18 firefighters, two water-dropping airplanes and a helicopter battled the blaze in a forest between the villages of Volimes and Anahoritria.

A fire that erupted on the island of Evia Sunday had been partially contained. It was one 75 wildfires reported across Greece in a span of 24 hours.

The National Meteorological Service forecast temperatures above 100 degrees for several days, the Macedonian News Agency reported.

Zakynthos is one of the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece.

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