‘Ecological disaster’ feared as Greece battles forest fire

25th May, 2021

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A fire fighting airplane sprays water to extinguish a wild fire on Mount Geraneia, west of Athens on Saturday. — AFP

ATHENS: Hundreds of firefighters battled Greece’s first major forest fire of the summer on Saturday, as experts warned of a “huge ecological disaster” in the nature conservation area near Athens. The fire, which broke out late on Wednesday in the Geraneia mountains some 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of the capital, is “one of the biggest in the past 20 to 30 years, and has come early in the season,” fire chief Stefanos Kolokouris told ANT1 television.

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