Arson on Mt. Athos?
Fire on Mount Athos probably arose as a result of arson
ATHENS. August 10 the Greek newspaper "Ethnos" reported the findings in the area Monoksilitis, which indicate that the fire originated either by arson or due to negligence of employees of the monasteries located there vineyards of St. Paul and St. Dionysius.
Putting out the fire, which involved seven aircraft, was hampered by high winds. Initially, the fire broke out two days ago, in an area of Monoksilitis and began to approach the Chilandar monastery, but then the wind changed, and the fire turned toward Ouranoupoli, causing residents of the town to be immediately evacuated by bus to Ierissos.The fire reached the outtermost homes of the town Ouranoupoli, but then the wind changed direction again.
Currently the fire is raging in the area of Proto-Nero on the border of properties belonging to the monasteries and Esphigmenou and Chilandar. The length of the fire front is 7 km. The evacuation of the residents of monasteries Esphigmenou, Zograf and Chilandar is possible. According to preliminary reports 12-15 thousand Stromme [?] forests, olive groves and vineyards have burned.
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