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    Fire burns unchecked on Greek island of Kythira

    SKOPJE, Macedonia — A wildfire that has blazed on the southern Greek island of Kythira since Friday morning continued to burn unchecked Sunday, officials said.

    So far, no homes have been damaged, but Kythira’s mayor, Efstratios Harhalakis, said the fire has consumed at least 3,750 acres of forest and farmland. Four villages and a monastery were evacuated Sunday and a fifth village remained evacuated for a second day.

    An intense heat wave has affected parts of Europe for the last week, sending temperatures soaring to record highs, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue severe weather warnings.

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    The extreme heat in the Balkans and and parts of Spain, France, and Italy has fueled wildfires, damaged crops, and strained energy and water supplies.

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    As of early Sunday evening, more than 40 wildfires had broken out across Greece during the previous 36 hours. Only one remained uncontained.

    Macedonia, which borders Greece, declared a state of emergency in its southwestern mountainous region because of wildfire fears.

    Associated Press