RAGING forest fires are nearing the archaeological site at the birthplace of the modern Olympics.
One major blaze was burning close to Olympia where the Games were held for more than a millennium.
Firefighters in the drought-hit region in southern Griechenland used water-dropping helicopters to control blazes.
Mehr als 100 wildfires broke out over 24 hours from late Tuesday to late Wednesday, Behörden sagten.
In a briefing, Civil Protection chief Nikos Hardalias warned that even worse days could lie ahead for the hard-pressed fire service.
Er sagte: “We are making a titanic effort on many fronts.
“According to our threat forecasts, tomorrow too is expected to be a difficult day.
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“The toughest part lies ahead of us, the next days and weeks will be even harder.
“Our key target is to protect human lives.’’
Temperatures in Greece reached 45C on Wednesday, in what authorities described as the worst heat wave since 1987.