Forest fire threatens villages in the Peloponnese

 A large forest fire is threatening homes in Laconia, southern Peloponnese.

The fire broke out early on Friday in the area of Faraklo, near the town of Neapolis.

According to local media reports the fire aided by strong winds has approached two villages nearby.

At least 55 firefighters with 20 vehicles are at the scene. Authorities have also ordered two aircraft to aid the fire-fighting effort.