Forest fires in Greece: the country faces a ‘disaster of unprecedented proportions’

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Residents fight a forest fire in the village of Gouves on the Greek island of Evia, on Sunday, August 8.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

People sleep in a car near the beach in the village of Pefki, as forest fires rage on the island of Evia.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A resident reacts when a forest fire approaches her home in the village of Gouves, on the island of Evia, Greece.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A house in Pefkofito, Greece, is destroyed after the forest fire on Saturday, August 7.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A firefighter washes his face in the Milas area of ​​Mugla, Turkey, on August 7.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

People are evacuated on a ferry when a forest fire burns in Limni on Friday, August 6.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A satellite photo shows smoke rising from fires on the island of Evia, Greece, on Thursday, August 5.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Firefighters try to extinguish a forest fire near the city of Olympia, Greece, on August 5.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Residents react during a forest fire near Olympia on August 5.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

The grounds of a burned hotel are seen in the village of Lalas, near Olympia, on August 5.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

People move their belongings to safety as a forest fire breaks out in a wooded area north of Athens, Greece, on August 5.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A forest fire approaches the Olympic Academy, in the foreground, in Olympia, Greece, on Wednesday, August 4.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

The remains of a destroyed house are seen here in the Varibobi area, north of Athens, on August 4.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Spectators watch smoke from the forest fires that covered the Acropolis in Athens on August 4.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A charred area of ​​Mugla, Turkey, after a forest fire on Tuesday, August 3.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Smoke and flames rise over the town of Limni on the Greek island of Evia in August.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Firefighters work as a house burns in the Adames area of ​​northern Athens on August 3.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A woman pours water over the head of a baby in a fountain in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, when temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, August 2.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A man drives sheep away from an advancing fire on August 2 in Mugla, Turkey.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

People watch an advancing fire burning around the village of Cokertme, near Bodrum, Turkey, on August 2.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Local residents watch a Greek Army Chinook helicopter collect water to fight a forest fire near the village of Lambiri, Greece, on Sunday, August 1.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A photograph by the Italian National Fire Brigade shows an aerial view of a fire in the Pineta Dannunziana reserve in Pescara, Italy, on Aug. 1.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A man watches a fire on the beach at Le Capannine in the Sicilian city of Catania, Italy, on Friday, July 30.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

Firefighters fight a massive forest fire that engulfed a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey’s southern coast near the city of Manavgat on Thursday, July 29.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A firefighter talks to his colleague as they work to put out fires in Cuglieri, on the Italian island of Sardinia, on Monday, July 26.

In photos: Europe battles forest fires amid scorching heat waves

A firefighting helicopter passes a cloud of smoke from a forest fire near the village of Spathovouni, southwest of Athens, Greece, on Friday, July 23.

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