The Greek Rhodes Island wildfires have forced 30,000 residents to evacuate.

Four places, including two beach resorts, have been ordered evacuated due to a sizable fire that has been blazing on the Greek island of Rhodes for five days.

The wildfire had previously been limited to the island’s mountainous core, but on Saturday it began to advance toward the coast on the central-eastern side thanks to winds, extremely high temperatures, and dry conditions. Three hotels, whose guests had already been evacuated, according to local media, were affected by the fires.

According to Yannis Artopios, a spokesman for the fire department, inhabitants of four communities received SMS messages ordering them to evacuate. In two of the communities, this instruction was to flee to the northeast, and in the other two, to the southwest.

According to Artopios, three planes and five helicopters were assisting more than 200 firefighters who were working on the ground with 40 fire engines. Five fire engines and 31 Slovakian firefighters make up the force.

With one point in the mountains and two spots close to the sea, the primary front of the fire is shaped like a triangle. On maps, the triangle’s sides each appear to be longer than 10 kilometers (six miles).

Two beaches were being evacuated by three coast guard vessels and one army vessel. Twenty private boats were lending a hand, and the Greek navy dispatched a ship.

According to Artopios, there were multiple fires burning throughout Greece, with the one in Rhodes being the most serious.

Despite the fact that temperatures are expected to reach 45 C (113 F) on Sunday and there is low humidity (below 15%), he added that the fires northwest of Athens and one near Sparta were extinguishing. Nevertheless, other wildfires could yet start due to these conditions.

The majority of the eastern half of the mainland, the islands of Rhodes and Evia, as well as a sizable portion of the southwest, have all been classified as Category 5, the highest level of risk for Sunday’s potential for fire outbreaks, by the fire department. Category 4, or very high danger, has been assigned to a sizable portion of the country.

The heat wave will take a little break on Monday, but it will return on Tuesday and might linger until at least Friday, according to meteorologists.

According to Artopios, there are currently active or soon-to-arrive firefighting units from eight European Union nations. Additionally sending reinforcements, largely airborne equipment, are Israel, Jordan, and Turkey.

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