In Pics | Forest fire ravages through area near Athens

An area north of the Greek capital Athens has been hit by a forest fire with temperatures set to reach 40C. Scroll for images.

Aircraft drops water

An aircraft drops water over a forest fire in Dionysos, north east of Athens

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Destroyed homes

The fire ripped through a pine forest, destroying homes, before firefighters brought it under control

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Capturing devastation

Inhabitants take pictures as a helicopter flies over a forest fire in Dionysos.

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The damage caused

A fireman walks past a damaged car in Dionysos, north east of Athens.

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Usual phenomenon

 Forest fires regularly erupt in Greece during the summer months, including around Mount Penteli.

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