Firefighters continue to battle Mt Athos blaze

Serbian firefighters on Saturday continued their participation in a Greek effort to extinguish a wildfire that began on Mount Athos, northern Greece, on Wednesday and which had threatened the resort of Ouranoupoli, as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras ordered Macedonia-Thrace Minister Theodoros Karaoglou to visit the area.

Six water-bombing airplanes and seven helicopters were taking part in the operation along with dozens of local firefighters.

A spokesman for the fire service, Nikos Tsongas, told Skai that the winds were not strong and that no monasteries were in danger.

Wildfires that broke out in Spathovouni in Corinthia and Rapsommati in Arcadia had been mostly contained on Saturday.

Three suspects were detained in connection with the fires in Corinth, Arcadia and Mount Athos.