Monks are asked not to panic: Greece is burning Athos

Монахов просят не паниковать: в Греции горит Афон

In Greece on mount Athos raging forest fire. Earlier large-scale fire due to heat occurred in Florida (USA).

On mount Athos the fire started in a pine forest in a remote mountain area. The reason is the hot weather that prevails in the country in recent days.

According to Greek Agency AMNA, in the morning June 13 by the elimination of fire involved firefighters 59 20 special vehicles, three groups of Hiking units involved five fire-fighting aircraft and two helicopters, running earth-moving equipment.

The fire allegedly threatens even the closest to him of the monastery chilandar.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the fire service noted that the fire threatens a small settlement to Ouranoupolis. Families with children and the elderly are told to immediately leave their homes. The police said that so far not carried out the evacuation of this settlement tourists. But some vacationers went from Ouranoupolis themselves.

The fire front is 70-80 hectares.