A wildfire broke out on Friday afternoon on the slopes of Aghios Stefanos hill (Monte Smith), just outside the city of Rhodes, and is posing a threat to homes on the outskirts of the city. The causes of the fire are unknown.
A large fire-fighting force of 20 fire engines and more than 50 firemen has been sent to put out the blaze, assisted by a fire-fighting helicopter dropping water from above. Many civilians have also turned out to assist fire-fighting efforts, while the fire is considered particularly dangerous and a direct threat to homes and inhabited regions.
There is also a blackout in the centre of the city at this time, which occurred almost simultaneously as the fire.