RAGING forest fires are nearing the archaeological website on the birthplace of the fashionable Olympics.

One main blaze was burning near Olympia the place the Video games had been held for greater than a millennium.


Forest fires are threatening the archaeological website on the birthplace of the fashionable Olympics[/caption]


Water-dropping planes and helicopters had been tackling the fireplace[/caption]

Firefighters within the drought-hit area in southern Greece used water-dropping helicopters to regulate blazes.

Greater than 100 wildfires broke out over 24 hours from late Tuesday to late Wednesday, authorities mentioned.

In a briefing, Civil Safety chief Nikos Hardalias warned that even worse days may lie forward for the hard-pressed fireplace service.

He mentioned: “We’re making a titanic effort on many fronts.

“In keeping with our menace forecasts, tomorrow too is predicted to be a troublesome day.

“The hardest half lies forward of us, the subsequent days and weeks will likely be even more durable.

“Our key goal is to guard human lives.’’

Temperatures in Greece reached 45C on Wednesday, in what authorities described because the worst warmth wave since 1987.


The fires are forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages[/caption]