Hundreds of residents living near a forest area north of Athens fled their homes on Tuesday as a wildfire reached residential areas, fuelled by Greece’s worst heatwave in decades. Al Jazeera reports that the blaze sent smoke over the capital and prompted authorities to close the Acropolis and other ancient sites during afternoon hours. Five water-dropping planes and five helicopters were involved in the firefighting effort while the blaze has damaged electricity pylons, adding further strain on an electricity network already under pressure due to widespread use of air-conditioning. In neighbouring Turkey, the worst fires in at least a decade have also engulfed parts of the country, claiming the lives of eight people and forcing hundreds to evacuate in southern areas popular with tourists.