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Greece: Wildfires are largely contained but a new heatwave starts today!

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Wildfires across Greece are largely contained now, after huge efforts and a natural disaster that left behind thousands of forest acres and dozens of homes burned. However, a new heatwave is threatening the country, starting of today.
HDN Newsroom
A fire west of Athens which prompted mass evacuations earlier in the week was contained, a fire brigade official said. Firefighters, backed with air water bombers, remained on site in case of a resurgence of flames.
On the island of Rhodes, firefighters continued to battle a blaze that had erupted in a densely wooded mountainous area and forced people to flee.
Greek meteorological service warned of a heightened risk of fires from today, Thursday, just as the country recovered from the first major heatwave of the summer.
The second heatwave, as forecasted, started today with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas, and rising further on Friday to a maximum of 44C.
Land and aerial firefighting forces will continue preventive patrolling in forests across Greece amid difficult conditions, authorities announced.