27 August 2007

"There are literally fires everywhere!"

This whole thing is fucking awful and scary.

Fires burn on the Hill of Kronos next to the site of ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, in southwestern Greece

Fires break out on the fringes of Athens a day after a massive effort prevented the birthplace of the Olympics from being devastated by flames.

The front of one fire Sunday reached Ancient Olympia in southern Greece, burning trees and shrubs just a few yards from the museum at the site.

A wood factory on fire. There are literally fires, everywhere

Firefighters said the flames, fanned by high winds and swirling air, leaped hundreds of feet in the air at times. Although the pristine forest around Ancient Olympia was burned, none of the 2,800-year-old ruins were damaged.

Greece has been ravaged by hundreds of massive wildfires since Friday that have left at least 61 people dead.

Government officials have said they suspect at least some of the blazes have been caused by arson.

"So many fires breaking out simultaneously in so many parts of the country cannot be a coincidence. The state will do everything it can to find those responsible and punish them.", Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said in a nationally televised address on Saturday.

The remains of a mother hugging her four children were found near the town of Zaharo in the western Peloponnese.

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