Firefighters battle blaze on island of Hydra

Firefighters were dispatched to Hydra on Friday to douse a blaze that broke out on forestland above the Mira Mare hotel in the island’s Mandraki Bay.

The rescue effort comprised 10 firefighters manning three engines, and another 20 firefighters on the ground, aided by a Super Puma helicopter and a water-dropping aircraft.

Strong winds fanned the blaze in the early afternoon, hampering the efforts of firefighters to douse the flames.

On Thursday Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias expressed concern about the ability of the fire service to function adequately over the summer season, noting that many of the aircraft are old.