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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Wildfires now under control

Greece claims wildfire victory

Greek authorities have said wildfires that ravaged the outskirts of Athens are now under control, rebuffing criticism of how they were handled. Fire chiefs said that, aided by slackening winds, the wildfires were now almost contained.

Environmental groups and the Greek media said the government had not learnt lessons from the 2007 wildfires. The European Commission estimates some 21,000 hectares of pines, olive grove, brush and farmland have been destroyed. But a government spokesman said efforts had been well co-ordinated, pledging scorched forests would be re-planted.

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