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New Fire Breaks Out Near Megara, West of Athens

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A fire that broke out near Megara west of Athens earlier on Wednesday is now fully fledged, said the Fire Brigade.

The fire is burning through the agricultural area of Veniza, where it is currently very windy.

A precautionary evacuation of residents in the Zachouli area was carried out earlier via the 112 emergency number.

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The village of Zachouli, north of Megara, has been evacuated.

Firefighting forces were reinforced at Megara, where 75 firefighters with 24 fire engines and two ground teams are being assisted by seven water-bombing aircraft and five helicopters.

Meanwhile, the police closed off road traffic at the so-called Anonymous Road at its intersection with the Megaron-Alepochori A-road towards Louba, and again at Anonymous Road from Ano Alepochori towards Louba.

The fire broke out just as hundreds of firefighters got the huge fire at Penteli, north of Athens under control earlier on Wednesday.

In the first few months of 2022, thirty forest fires were recorded in the country, a massive increase from the usual four. Those fires burned over a thousand hectares (2,471 acres) of land compared to the average 37.5 (around 92 acres).

Since June, the wildfires in Greece have brought more devastation with strong winds and dry weather fanning the flames.

Related: Greece Wildfires in 2022: The Sad Story So Far

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