Crete Fire: Greek Authorities Deploy Helicopter

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    A large grass fire on the Greek island of Crete has seen the authorities deploy a helicopter to dump water on acres of burning land.

    Strong winds are thought to be fanning the flames which have taken hold in in eastern Crete. The island has experienced drought this year due to low rainfall and scorching temperatures.

    Local media report that eight fire-fighting vehicles have also been deployed to try and contain the blaze.

    The news website reports that a second fire has broken out at Pefka, a village in southwestern Crete.