Dozens of firefighters are struggling to bring under control a forest fire in Halkidiki which is aided by strong winds.
The fire has been burning a pine forest between the villages of Sarti and Platanitsi since the early hours of Thursday.
Four Canadian aircraft, two helicopters, 80 firefighters with at least 40 vehicles, and a large force of firefighters on foot are participating in the operation.
Local site halkidikinews.gr reports that electricity supply in the town of Sarti has been interrupted.
Central Macedonia regional director Apostolos Tzitzikostas, who is on site, said authorities are prepared to evacuate Sarti if necessary. He said he would remain in the area until the fire is contained. The fire is moving on parallel lines to the community.