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Greek Villages, Monasteries Evacuated as Fire Damages Homes

Brittany Jordan

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Fire burns among houses during a wildfire in the village of Schinos, near Corinth, Greece, on May 19, 2021. (Valerie Gache/AP Photo)

LOUTRAKI, Greece—A large wildfire in Greece damaged homes and prompted evacuations Thursday as it tore through rugged forest terrain.

Fire Service officials said eight water-dropping planes and three helicopters were involved to try to contain the blaze some 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of Athens, outside the resort town of Loutraki.

Overnight and early Thursday, authorities issued evacuation orders for six settlements, in an area with many vacation homes. Two Orthodox Christian monasteries were also evacuated.

No injuries were reported.

Wildfires are common during Greece’s hot summers.

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Fire burns during a wildfire near the village of Schinos, near Corinth, Greece, on May 19, 2021. (Valerie Gache/AP Photo)
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Firefighters try to extinguish the blazes during a wildfire near the village of Schinos, near Corinth, Greece, on May 19, 2021. (Valerie Gache/AP Photo)

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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