As high temperatures persistently affect numerous countries across Europe, wildfires continue to pose significant threats to Mediterranean countries.
On 20 August, Greece activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for the second time this summer, as new fires emerged in the north-eastern region.
Thus far, over 76,000 hectares have been burnt in Greece's Alexandroupolis region—an area nearly equivalent in size to New York City.
This wildfire marks the largest in the EU since 2000, when the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) began recording data.
In response, the EU launched its biggest rescEU aerial firefighting operation to date. Over the last few days, the EU has deployed 11 airplanes, 1 helicopter, more than 356 first responders and 54 vehicles to help the country.
In photos, see this example of EU solidarity with Greece in their fight against the raging wildfires.