Wildfire rages near the Greek ruins of the Bronze Age site of Mycenae

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The fire “burned dry grass without threatening the museum,” said an official

Athens:

Wildfire raged near the ruins of the Bronze Age site of Mycenae in Greece on Sunday, prompting the evacuation of visitors to the archaeological site.

The fire started near the tomb of Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae, who, according to local media, was killed during the Trojan War.

The flames licked the ruins, but the fire department insisted that there was no danger to the local museum.

The fire went through “part of the archaeological site and burned dry grass without threatening the museum,” the fire brigade commander of the Southern Peloponnese region told Thanassis Koliviras to the Athens News Agency.

The fire fighting was supported by four aircraft and two helicopters.

In the second millennium BC BC Mycenae was one of the most important centers of civilization in the Mediterranean.

Greece faces forest fires every year during the dry summer season, with strong winds and temperatures often exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Thirteen years ago a fire threatened the temples and stadiums of ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

Firefighters were able to save the area in the Peloponnese and no serious damage occurred.

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