Fires are advancing towards the historic Greek Olympia

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The serious fires that have affected Greece for weeks, in the midst of a heat wave, threaten in the last hours the historic olympia citycradle of the Olympic Games, located on the Peloponnese peninsula.

Several towns have been evacuated as a precaution, Civil Protection has indicated, which has sent text messages and Twitter to warn of the risk. Several roads are closed and there are 29 fire teams, five planes and a helicopter working in the extinction fields.

The island of Rhodes and the Magnesia prefecture have been the regions most affected by the fires, which have forced evacuate thousands of tourists and residents.

Forest fires are mostly under control but hundreds of firefighters remain in key points due to the threat of strong winds, the authorities declared this Saturday, when three new fires were declared in the Peloponnese peninsula, and the authorities ordered the preventive evacuation of four communities.

Earlier, a spokesman for the fire department told AFP that there is “no longer an active front” in the three biggest wildfires in Rhodes, Corfu and central Greecewhere thousands of evacuations were carried out during the last two weeks.

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