Greeks urged to be on alert as extreme weather fuels wildfires

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By Giorgos Moutafis and Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) -Extreme temperatures in Greece fuelled wildfires on the mainland and on an island near Athens on Wednesday, a day after a blaze tore through a forest near the capital, leaving behind scorched earth and scores of gutted homes, businesses and vehicles. The fire, which started on Tuesday in the town of Varympompi on the lower slopes of Mount Parnitha near Athens, had receded by Wednesday morning, the fire brigade said, but high temperatures and changing winds fanned a blaze on Evia island. Fires were also burning in the regions of Messi…

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