The fires in Greece are reminiscent of a horror movie, said one resident who was evacuated from the Greek island of Evia by ferry.
Thousands have fled their homes on the island of Euboea as wildfires have been burning uncontrollably for the sixth day, and ferries are on standby for further evacuation after many have been transported to safety by sea.
The fires that have threatened the northern suburbs of Athens in recent days have died down. But a fire in Evia, a large island northeast of the capital, quickly expanded on several fronts, destroying thousands of hectares of virgin forest in the northern part of the island and forcing dozens of villages to be evacuated.
"It looks like a horror movie … but it's not a movie, it's real life," a resident of Mina said after boarding a rescue ferry in the island resort area of Pefki. "We are afraid, we feel lost, we feel abandoned, we feel alone," she added.
Wildfires have broken out in many parts of the country during a weeklong heat wave - the worst in Greece in three decades - due to scorching temperatures and hot winds creating fire conditions.