The Big Picture: Fire fight

A plane drops water on a burning forest, in Nea Makri, near Athens

A plane drops water on a burning forest, in Nea Makri, near Athens, Greece. An overnight drop in gale-force winds offered hard-pressed Greek fire ighters a brief respite after wildfires raged for two days north of Athens.

The BBC's Dominic Hughes in Athens says large areas are deserted except for fire crews, army and police , but some residents have refused to leave.

Photo: Dusan Vranic/AP



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