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Greece: Wildfire that forced home evacuations is contained

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 7/16/2020
A firefighting helicopter drops water as fire burns outside the port town of Lavrio, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the Athens, on Thursday, July 16, 2020. A children's summer camp and dozens of homes have been evacuated due to a wildfire south of Athens, where high winds hampered an effort to contain the blaze. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) © Provided by Associated Press A firefighting helicopter drops water as fire burns outside the port town of Lavrio, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the Athens, on Thursday, July 16, 2020. A children's summer camp and dozens of homes have been evacuated due to a wildfire south of Athens, where high winds hampered an effort to contain the blaze. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

LAVRIO, Greece (AP) — A children’s summer camp and dozens of homes had to be evacuated Thursday due to a wildfire south of Athens, where for hours high winds hampered efforts to contain the blaze.

Greek authorities said two water-dropping helicopters and two planes were involved in the firefighting effort outside the port town of Lavrio, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the capital. The fire was eventually contained and plans were being made to return residents to their homes after most had been taken to nearby beaches.

A firefighting plane flies through smoke as fire burns outside the port town of Lavrio, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the Athens, on Thursday July 16, 2020. A children's summer camp and dozens of homes have been evacuated due to a wildfire south of Athens, where high winds hampered an effort to contain the blaze. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) © Provided by Associated Press A firefighting plane flies through smoke as fire burns outside the port town of Lavrio, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the Athens, on Thursday July 16, 2020. A children's summer camp and dozens of homes have been evacuated due to a wildfire south of Athens, where high winds hampered an effort to contain the blaze. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The evacuations had been ordered as a precaution and homes had not faced an immediate threat, Fire Service and municipal officials said.

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