Thousands flee homes outside Athens as heat fuels wildfires

Firefighters and local residents try to extinguish the flames during a wildfire in Adames area, in northern Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021.Thousands of people fled their homes north of Athens on Tuesday as a wildfire broke out of the forest and reached residential areas. The hurried evacuations took place just as Greece grappled with its worst heat wave in decades. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

TATOI, Greece — More than 500 firefighters struggled through the night to contain a large forest blaze on the outskirts of Athens, which raced into residential areas Tuesday, forcing thousands to flee. It was the worst of 81 wildfires that broke out in Greece over the past 24 hours, amid one of the country’s most intense heatwaves in decades.