Fanned by high winds, flames engulfed forests on the mountainous Peloponnese peninsula, while dozens of villages in the peninsula's western region were evacuated, roads were closed and communications disrupted.
A wildfire on the slopes of Mount Hymettus, blanketed the greater Athens area with white smoke and soot Sunday. Firefighters have now extinguished the blaze. Local officials suspect arson after discovering rags and small gas canisters at the site where the fire broke out. Across the country, police have arrested seven people in connection with the fires.
On Sunday, fires scorched the edges of the site where the Olympic games first took place some 2,800 years ago - Olympia in Ilia prefecture in the western Peloponnese
Aircraft dropped water and fire suppressant chemicals, while residents and archaeologists joined firefighters in trying to hold back the flames.