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The Latest: Fires stretch Greek firefighting capabilities

PARIS — The Latest on the wildfires in Europe (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

Greek authorities say fires that broke out across the country over the weekend have stretched firefighting capabilities to the limit.

The latest blaze started Sunday afternoon in a pine forest and has damaged up to 20 houses in a town north of Athens. One house was destroyed.

The town of Kalamos, some 44 kilometers (27 miles) north of the capital, is a favorite vacation spot for Athenians.

Authorities have shut down a large portion of the local road network, as the blaze expands in several directions, including toward Athens. They also evacuated two children’s campgrounds.

Meanwhile, authorities think a series of new fires on the western Greek island of Zakynthos were set deliberately.

The country’s fire service says there are “well-founded suspicions of foul play” after five fires broke out late Saturday and early Sunday, followed by another three later on Sunday morning.


7:30 p.m.

Over 4,000 firefighters are battling more than 250 wildfires in Portugal, which has asked for aid from other European Union nations.

Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar said Portugal set an annual record for new fires on Saturday, when 268 separate fires started. That surpassed the 220 fresh blazes recorded on Friday, the previous year-to-date high mark for fires starting on the same day.

Gaspar said that while hot and dry weather isn’t helping, nature was responsible for a minority of the blazes.

She said: “We know that more than 90 percent of the fires have a human cause, whether…

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