As of 6 August 2021, a number of major wildfires are burning across Greece amid a continuing severe heat wave. A massive blaze burning near the northern outskirts of the capital Athens restrengthened the previous day, forcing officials to issue evacuation orders for thousands of residents in the suburbs of Afidnes, Drosopigi, Ippokrateios Kokkinovrahos, Kryoneri and Politeia, as well as the migration reception center in Malakasa. The blaze has crossed both sides of the national highway, which connects Athens to the northern part of the country, and is endangering towns situated on the eastern foothills of Mount Parnitha. Local utility firms have announced rolling power outages in parts of the capital in order to avoid major outages, as the fires have damaged electricity transmission lines. Meanwhile, the Greek coast guard launched an operation to rescue residents and visitors from the island of Evia using patrol boats and private vessels. According to a spokesperson for the coast guard, 653 people have been evacuated from three beaches in the northeastern part of the island since the late night hours of 5 August. Additionally, dozens of towns have been evacuated in the southern Peloponnese region. Thus far, at least 20 people, including four firefighters, have suffered injuries related to the ongoing blazes. One firefighter was reportedly killed. More than 1,000 firefighters and 20 aircraft are currently battling major fires in 56 active fronts across Greece. The General Secretariat for Civil Protection warned of an “extreme” risk of wildfires on 6 August for approximately half of the country. The secretariat maintains a Daily Risk Fire Map, which can be viewed here.