Wildfire approaches the coastal village of Limni on Evia Island, Greece on August 6, 2021.

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Greece has been battling devastating forest fires for seven days in various parts of the country amid the worst heat wave in three decades.

In the past week, temperatures reached 45 degrees Celsius in some locations, resulting in very dry conditions that led to forest fires in some areas, destroying not only forest areas but also homes and businesses.

According to national reports, hundreds of firefighters, including a number of teams from other nations, have focused their operations on four major fires.

One of them is on Greece’s second largest island, Evia, which has been burning for almost seven consecutive days. According to Reuters, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes on the island of Euboea since last Tuesday.

“We’re going to change the way we start conservation projects, but also the way we do afforestation. We will pay all our attention to repairing the damage and our natural environment, ”said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Twitter on Saturday according to a Google translation.

More locals and tourists will be evacuated from the island of Euboea on Sunday.

Locals and tourists alike will board a ferry on Sunday August 8, 2021 to take them to mainland Greece on the Greek island of Evia.

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Others sleep in their cars or on the beach while firefighters try to save houses.

A woman sleeps in her car on the beach while wildfire rages in the village of Pefki on the island of Evia (Evia).

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Locals help firefighters rescue a burning house in Evia.

A firefighter and local residents rush to a burning house to put out forest fires that are approaching the village of Pefki on Evia Island on August 8, 2021.

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Another resident tries to put out the fire in the village of Peyki on Evia.

EVIA, GREECE – AUGUST 08: A resident tries to put out the fire in the village of Peyki on Evia Island on the fifth day of wildfire on August 08, 2021.

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On the same island, a woman keeps a dog while the fires spread.

A woman holds a dog in her arms as forest fires approach the village of Pefki on the island of Evia, Greece’s second largest island, on August 8, 2021.

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In some areas the destruction is already evident. This is a burned house in Agios Stefanos on the outskirts of Athens.

The courtyard of a burned house after wildfire in Agios Stefanos on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.

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A volunteer walks among the rubble of a house destroyed by a forest fire in Thrakomakedones, north of the capital Athens.

A volunteer walks through the rubble of a house destroyed by a forest fire in Thrakomakedones north of Athens, Greece on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

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Plantations were also compromised on Agios Stefanos.

Burned plant bulbs in a nursery after forest fire in Agios Stefanos on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, on Saturday 7th August 2021.

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