Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft were fighting for a second day Thursday to contain a large wildfire in southern Greece that forced evacuations and a night-long battle to save homes.

The Fire Service said the blaze to the east of the southern town of Corinth was in full development after winds picked up following a lull earlier in the day, and one more village was ordered evacuated — the seventh since the fire broke out Wednesday.

Corinth is in the Peloponnese region, some 50 miles southwest of Athens.

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More than 270 firefighters, three planes and six helicopters were struggling to stop several fronts burning in a blaze that started from the seaside settlement of Kechries, an area with several summer houses that is popular with retirees, and spread inland

Fire burns near the village of Galataki near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Fire burns near the village of Galataki near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Most evacuated residents were bused to nearby beaches and no injuries were reported.

Three men watching the fire that burns near the village of Galataki, near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Three men watching the fire that burns near the village of Galataki, near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The fire burned farmland as well as pine and olive trees and gutted or seriously damaged around 10 homes, local officials said.

Fire burns near the village of Galataki as authorities evacuate the place near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Fire burns near the village of Galataki as authorities evacuate the place near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Several wildfires that broke out in other parts of Greece were brought under control Thursday, freeing forces to focus on the one in the Corinth area.

Fire burns near the village of Galataki as authorities evacuate the place near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Fire burns near the village of Galataki as authorities evacuate the place near Corinth, Greece, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Wildfires are common during Greece’s hot, arid summers.

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Massive blazes in 2007 killed about 80 people in southern and central Greece.



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