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Foreign firefighters aid Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A small fleet of foreign planes and helicopters is buzzing around Greece to try to battle dozens of wildfires that have killed at least 64 people.

In five days of blazes, the destruction is so extensive authorities say they have no way of knowing how many acres have burned and how many people have been injured.

Some 56 new fires broke out yesterday and today, tearing through olive groves, forests, orchards and homes.

Flames are swarming near the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia. One fire official says there are signs of optimism in that fight.

Greeks were already stunned by deadly forest fires in June and July, and many are blaming the conservative government for failing to respond quickly enough.

The government, which declared a state of emergency over the weekend, said arson might have been the cause of the fires, and several people have been arrested.

Photo Above: A firefighter battles flames outside the Peloponnese village of Andritsena.
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