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Athens, Greece - Regional authorities in southwestern Greece say wildfires are threatening village homes outside the city of Petras.
Nine planes and one helicopter were involved in the firefighting effort on Wednesday at Argyra, about 15 kilometres east of Patras, amid high winds and temperatures soaring over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
Officials from the Patras mayor's office and regional government said the blaze in rugged terrain was threatening two villages in the area, and said they could impose an evacuation order if the threat increased.
Forest and brush fires are common in the hot, dry summer months in Greece. More than 60 people were killed when forest fires raged across southern Greece in 2007. - Sapa-AP