Firebreaks halt blaze on Greek island, homes saved

July 25, 2022 GMT
A firefighting airplane throws water near the village of Krestena south of Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Athens, as authorities evacuate urgently another five villages in the area, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. There are at least six more fires burning across Greece, according to the fire service, with three of those burning for several days. (Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr via AP)
A firefighting airplane throws water near the village of Krestena south of Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Athens, as authorities evacuate urgently another five villages in the area, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. There are at least six more fires burning across Greece, according to the fire service, with three of those burning for several days. (Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr via AP)
A firefighting airplane throws water near the village of Krestena south of Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Athens, as authorities evacuate urgently another five villages in the area, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. There are at least six more fires burning across Greece, according to the fire service, with three of those burning for several days. (Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr via AP)
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A firefighting airplane throws water near the village of Krestena south of Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Athens, as authorities evacuate urgently another five villages in the area, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. There are at least six more fires burning across Greece, according to the fire service, with three of those burning for several days. (Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr via AP)
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A firefighting airplane throws water near the village of Krestena south of Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Athens, as authorities evacuate urgently another five villages in the area, on Sunday, July 24, 2022. There are at least six more fires burning across Greece, according to the fire service, with three of those burning for several days. (Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr via AP)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fire Service and municipal crews dug firebreaks outside evacuated villages on the Greek island of Lesbos early Monday halting a wildfire that had threatened scores of homes, authorities said.

The overnight work, using excavators and other heavy machinery, took place before six water-dropping planes returned to the southern coast of the eastern Aegean Sea island where the fire was burning for a third day.

Heat wave temperatures continued to make conditions difficult Monday, mostly in southern Greece where fire warnings remain in effect and national parks are closed to the public.

A major fire in the southern Peloponnese region prompted the evacuation of six villages Sunday, but conditions have improved and the blaze was contained in areas where homes had been threatened.

At the Dadia National Park, in the northeast of the country, a wildfire burned for a fifth day. Special operations firefighters were needed to access areas where firebreaks were being set up but fast-changing winds were hampering that effort.