Greece: Forest fire burns west of Athens, residents forced to flee 

By: AP | Athens |
Published: July 23, 2018 10:12:01 pm

Police officers direct traffic as a wildfire burns in Kineta, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. (Reuters)

A swift-moving forest fire burned through a mountainous area west of Athens on Monday, prompting residents to flee as smoke from the blaze turned the sky over the Greek capital a hazy orange.

The fire department said 80 firefighters with 40 vehicles were on the scene near the seaside settlement of Kineta, 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Athens between the capital and Corinth. Seven water-dropping planes and four helicopters were also helping to fight the wildfire.

Authorities were sending 17 firefighting vehicles from across Greece to bolster forces already in the area, but strong winds with frequently shifting gusts were hampering firefighting efforts.

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