Nearly 500 people are fighting a forest fire on Mount Athos

Around five hundred people, as well as helicopters and aircraft involved in fire fighting in the monastic republic of Athos, you can not put it out for the fourth day, told RIA Novosti the fire in Greece.

"The fire is in the vicinity of the monastery Chilandar, but the monastery itself is not threatened. Today the wind a little weaker, but it changes direction," — said the representative office.

According to her, working on fire 183 Greek firefighters and 49 fire fighters were sent by the Government of Serbia, 110 soldiers, 120 volunteers. Also involved 11 aircraft and seven helicopters, two of them — heavy military transport helicopters Shinook Greek army. At the scene of a fire are more than 110 cars, tank trucks and bulldozers.

In addition, three people were arrested on suspicion of arson, which led to the fire.

August ninth fire led to the evacuation of the town on the borders of Mount Athos Ouranoupolis.

As directed by the Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras at the fire place is the Minister of Macedonia and Thrace regions Theodoros Karaoglu.

From Thursday on Mount Athos peninsula raging large wildfire. Greek authorities in this regard in the region have declared a state of emergency. Mount Athos is a thousand-year monastic republic, monasteries which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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