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Violent Forest Fires Ravage Southern Greece

Forest fires have whipped through southern Greece killing at least 15 people, as high winds crippled firefighting efforts.

Fire officials Friday said the blazes killed at least six people near the town of Areopolis on the Peloponnese Peninsula, about 300 kilometers south of Athens.

Another fire broke out near Zakharo on the west side of the peninsula, killing nine more people, including six who were in their cars.

Fire officials say the high winds are fueling the blazes and impeding the work of firefighting planes.

Firefighters are also battling blazes in the areas of Lagonissi, east of the capital, Athens, and Elefsina, to the west.

Greece has experienced an unprecedented outbreak of forest fires this year, brought on by high temperatures and drought.