Greece: Wildfires rage in holiday town near Athens

Firefighters are struggling to contain a fast-moving forest fire in a popular coastal holiday spot northeast of the Greek capital, Deutsche Welle reports.  

Several hundred people from the coastal village of Kalamos heeded warnings from emergency services early Monday to leave their homes.

More than 160 firefighters supported by water-dropping helicopters and planes were sent to the region, about 45 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Athens, as strong winds helped the blaze to spread through pine forest to the nearby town of Varnavas.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Twitter called on all government agencies to join firefighting efforts.

Fire brigade officials said no injuries had been reported, but dozens of homes had been damaged or destroyed.

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