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Global wildfires: Greece a ‘powder keg’ as thousands flee their homes

People are fleeing their homes north of Athens as fires rage for a fourth day in a row. California has lost an entire town while Brazil is bracing itself for another catastrophic fire season. Follow DW for more.

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Fires sweep through a forest in Chiquitania, a transition zone between the Amazon and the Gran Chaco lowlands in eastern Bolivia, where large blazes have already ravaged at least 200,000 hectares, according to reports from local authorities.
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A surge of lava destroyed around 100 homes on Spain's Canary Islands a day after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted, forcing 5,500 people to leave the area, local authorities said. The volcano erupted on Sunday afternoon, sending vast plumes of thick black smoke into the sky and belching molten lava that oozed down the mountainside on the island of La Palma.
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