HUNDREDS of locals and tourists have been evacuated from hotels and beaches in Greece while firefighters tackle dozens of wildfires.
In the most serious blaze, on the holiday island of Samos, emergency crews had to move all the guests from four hotels to the safety of an indoor stadium.
Flames and smoke rise above holiday homes on the Greek island of Samos[/caption]
Hot, dry and windy weather has helped fuel dozens of fires across the country in the past 24 hours as temperatures topped 37C.
More than 700 firefighters were deployed over the weekend as the fires continued to blaze out of control.
On Sunday, Greece’s head of civil protection warned of a “high risk” of fires breaking out in several areas, including the southern Peloponnese region and on Crete.
The fire on Samos led to the evacuation of about 1,000 holidaymakers and residents on the east of the island, Greek news agency ANA reports.
Coastguard vessels collected bathers from the beaches of Glykoriza and Proteas, who were then taken to an indoor sports stadium in the nearby town of Pythagoreio.
Images posted on social media showed clouds of smoke sweeping across the island as people were taken away by boat.
Separately, two people in their forties were arrested in the Peloponnese for deliberately starting fires, say reports.
One is alleged to be responsible for a forest fire in the region, while the other is believed to have started three other blazes.
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On Friday, we told how more than 50 people have been trapped on a beach as a wildfire sweeps across the nearby Greek island of Leros.
The blaze broke out at around 12pm in dry grass near the island’s main port of Laki before strong winds spread the “uncontrollable” flames to a pine forest.
The road leading to the beach was closed, leaving up to 60 people trapped who have since been rescued by boats from the Coast Guard, Leros news reported.
More than 700 firefighters were deployed as the fires continued to blaze out of control[/caption]
A helicopter fills its bucket with water during the wildfire near Pythagorio town[/caption]
Hot, dry weather and high winds helped fuel a total of 68 wildfires across Greece[/caption]
Smoke billows over the sea during the massive fire on the holiday island of Samos[/caption]