Fire on the holy Mount Athos in Greece and firefighters are on alert

The Greek Fire Service reported a fire on the holy Mount Athos, adding that more than 100 firefighters, 35 units of special equipment and 6 aircraft are involved in the process of extinguishing the fire.

The fire broke out in a forest near Agios Andreas on top of Arabis in the north of the peninsula late on Friday evening.

Currently, 112 firefighters, 5 brigades, 35 pieces of equipment, as well as 6 aircraft and two helicopters are working at the scene.

There were no reports of a threat to the monasteries on the mountain. The cause of the fire is still a mystery.

Athos is an independent monastic republic, an autonomous special administrative unit within Greece. There are 20 monasteries.

Source: RIA Novosti

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