Wildfires are still raging in southeastern Europe due to extreme heat.

In Greece, Albania and Turkey, the fires are being extinguished with might and main.

The United States is also suffering from wildfires: in California an entire village was destroyed by fire.

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In Greece, the army will support the fire service and local authorities in fighting the dozens of forest fires in the country.

The biggest fires are currently in Ilia on the Peloponnese peninsula and on the island of Evia, which is popular with tourists.

People and villages on that island were also evacuated on Thursday, Greek media report.

The danger to ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese, the cradle of the Olympic Games, has passed for the time being after a night of extinguishing.

The fires that threatened suburbs of the capital Athens are now under control.

But the fire brigade is still active there.

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos confirmed after government consultations that the armed forces are responding to affected areas with helicopters, drones and military.

In addition to 500 soldiers, 39 aircraft and 63 vehicles (including bulldozers) are also deployed.

Patrols on the ground and in the air in areas with a high fire risk should ensure rapid intervention.

There will also be a team to assist in case of evacuations.

"Nightmare Without End" and "Burning Everywhere," Greek newspapers headlined.

As the drought and high temperatures continue for the time being, the Greeks are expected to face difficult days, according to the head of civil defense.

See also: Forest fire threatens Olympia, cradle of the Olympic Games

Dutch fire fighting helicopters to Albania

Major forest fires are currently raging in Albania, as in other parts of southern Europe.

These are the worst forest fires in years.

The Netherlands is sending two helicopters to help fight the forest fires in Albania.

They left around 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, the Ministry of Defense reports.

The helicopters will first make a stopover in the south of France, before flying on to the Balkan country.

The Chinook helicopters are equipped with, among other things, a so-called bambi bucket.

This is a flexible bag that can be used to throw 10,000 liters onto the fire at a time.

Additional equipment will also be shipped to Albania.

In addition to the crew and technicians, a ground team and other support staff from the Royal Netherlands Air Force also fly to the country.

Aid is coordinated and co-financed from Brussels under rescEU, the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

There, countries in an emergency situation due to natural disasters can request assistance.

Turkey forest fire reaches power station

A forest fire in Turkey's Mugla province has reached a power station despite large-scale firefighting efforts.

The coal-fired power station was evacuated on Wednesday evening.

Residents of a nearby town on the Aegean Sea have been evacuated by boat as a precaution.

According to a spokesman for the Turkish government, an initial investigation has shown that the generation of energy in the plant would not be in danger.

Earlier, authorities feared that the coal in the plant would catch fire.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised interview that the fires are the worst in the country's history.

He acknowledged that firefighters' efforts to save the coal-fired power plant were in vain, due to the "huge winds" fueling the fire.

The Turkish government reported on Wednesday that 174 fires have broken out recently, most of which have also been extinguished.

More than 5,000 troops are deployed to fight the fire.

The Turkish fire brigade also receives international assistance.

Several countries, including Russia, Croatia and Spain, have sent fire-fighting planes.

See also: Turkish fires reach coal-fired power station, residents rescued by sea

Wildfires are also raging in the US

The village of Greenville in the northern US state of California has been destroyed by a forest fire.

Nearly all eight hundred residents were evacuated shortly before the fire reached the city center.

The rest were rescued by firefighters.

Local authorities said they were doing everything they could to save Greenville on Wednesday evening, but they were unsuccessful.

Firefighters were still busy on Wednesday evening rescuing people who had not heeded the call to leave their homes.

An on-site photographer said few buildings are still standing, most of them destroyed.

Lampposts had melted and bent over.

The wildfire, dubbed the Dixie Fire, has been raging for three weeks and has already scorched at least 1,108 square kilometers of ground. The 2,000 residents of Chester, north of Greenville, also had to leave their homes because of the fire.

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