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Firefighters are fighting the fire near Athens

Greek firefighters and water drop planes tamed but did not fully extinguish a forest fire near Athens on Wednesday.

“The situation is being brought under control,” local mayor Dimitris Kioussis told state television ERT. Earlier, the residents of two villages had been evacuated.

The fire brigade will be on alert all night in case the fire breaks out again.

Officials say they believe the fire was the result of arson, exacerbated by extreme weather conditions. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries as a result of the fire.

Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias said authorities possess a video and photos of a suspected arsonist.

The fire near Athens is one of dozens across Greece. Reuters reports that firefighters have been deployed to more than 60 fires across the country, and 16 of the fires are still active.

“A new fire has broken out almost every ten minutes since noon,” Kikilias said.

Although fires are common in the region, rising temperatures and lack of rain have increased the intensity of fires.

Firefighters battled the blaze near Athens on Wednesday when temperatures reached 35 degrees Celsius.

Scientists blame the warmer and drier conditions on climate change.

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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