Firefighters yesterday battled two separate blazes though their efforts were hampered by strong winds that fanned the flames. In Kryoneri, northeast of Athens, 15 fire trucks, four water-dumping airplanes and a helicopter were dispatched to put out a blaze that started in a remote forested area shortly after 10 a.m. Winds in excess of 6 Beaufort were making their task that much harder, but firefighters managed to keep the flames away from nearby homes. In Messinia in the southwestern Peloponnese, six fire trucks and four water-carrying planes were trying to contain a scattered brushfire on the craggy hills of Metaxada. That blaze too had not threatened any residential areas by nightfall.