Fire fighters are battling a blaze which broke out in the forested area on the island of Andros

Fire fighters are battling a blaze which broke out in the forested area of Ano Agios Petros on the island of Andros, in the northern Cyclades, the fire department said on Tuesday.

The efforts are hampered by the strong winds blowing in the area where several houses are scattered but none of them is at risk, a spokesman from the fire department said. Fifteen firemen with five vehicles, four firefighting aircraft and ground units have been dispatched, along with several volunteers.