Northern Greece was cut-off from the rest of the country for several hours on July 22 as fierce bushfires swept through forests in the Malakassa area, turned back by the army when the fire jumped the highway and continued to burn on two fronts.
GV ZOOM TO SV Burning forest (3 shots)
GV & SV Army arriving with water tanks and firefighting gear (2 shots)
GVs & CU Flames racing through forest (2 shots)
GVs Burning forest with planes spraying water, flying over flames (3 shots)
GV PAN Fire near railway line
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Background: Northern Greece was cut-off from the rest of the country for several hours on July 22 as fierce bushfires swept through forests in the Malakassa area, turned back by the army when the fire jumped the highway and continued to burn on two fronts. It's understood the fire was whipped up by a fierce storm over the Northern Agean Sea which lashed the north coast of Greece. Strong winds fanned flames as they raced out of control through some of the finest forests of Attica. Several villages were evacuated as the fire burned dangerously close. At one stage fears were held for 150 children holidaying at a monastery, but firefighters brought the blaze under control before it became a serious threat. Scores of volunteer firefighters, as well as the Athens fire brigade, police and army, worked most the day and into night trying to contain the flames. Aircraft, specially equipped with watersprays, joined the ground forces, making wide sweeps of the area through thick smoke that billowed into the sky. The fire, the biggest in Greece this year, destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of forest land. Despite the threat to townships and firemen, there were no casualties.