Videos | Hundreds evacuated due to fire on the Greek island of Rhodes
An uncontrolled fire affected Saturday the greek island of rhodesforcing hundreds of people to flee the affected towns and beaches, authorities said.
Coast guard ships and more than 20 private vessels They participated in an operation to evacuate some 1,000 people from the beaches near the Kiotari and Lardos areas, in the southeast of the island, a coast guard official reported.
The firefighters, supported by aerial means and reinforcements from Slovakia, fought new outbreaks of the forest fire, which has been active for days and has been fanned by strong winds.
The fire has burned large tracts of forest since it broke out in a mountainous area on Tuesday. On Saturday it caused damage to three hotels in the coastal town of Kiotari, according to the Athens News Agency.
Civil protection authorities warned of a very high risk of forest fires in Rhodes and other parts of Greece on Sunday as temperatures are expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius in the middle of a heat wave.
Fires are common in Greece, but hotter, drier and windier summers have made the country a hotspot for wildfires in recent years. Forecasters have warned that the current sweltering temperatures are expected to last until the end of the month.
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