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Wildfire rages in southern Greece

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A house is surrounded by flames during an wild fire near Patras, Greece, on July 18. Regional authorities declared an emergency in southwestern Greece as wildfires threatened village homes outside the city of Patras. Nine planes and one helicopter were involved in the firefighting effort Wednesday at Argyra, some 9.3 miles east of Patras, amid high winds and temperatures above 104 Fahrenheit.

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Horses from an equestrian club escape from a forest fire near the city of Patras, on July 18.

Reuters -- A wildfire raged unabated near the Greek commercial hub of Patras on Wednesday, threatening homes and prompting the evacuation of a small village and a university, officials said.

More than 120 firefighters with dozens of fire engines, eight aircraft and two helicopters battled the flames fanned by gale force winds in the southern Peloponnese region.

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A man gestures next to firefighters as a forest fire burn near the city of Patras, on July 18

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Residents are evacuated by firemen as a forest fire burn the area near the city of Patras, on July 18.