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Tourists escape by boat as wildfire threatens Greek island

Inhabitants and holidaymakers evacuate the village of Megalo Livadi on Greece's Aegean island of Serifos as a wildfire rages nearby, on July 27, 2013. Authorities decided to evacuate two villages on the island as the fire had already burned two buildings. Chloe Kritharas Devienne / AP

Tourists and locals on the Greek island of Serifos took to the sea for their own safety on Saturday as a wildfire threatened the village of Megalo Livadi.

The fire on Serifos was brought under control on Sunday but major fires continued to rage on the islands of Rhodes and Crete.

The combination of hot, dry weather and high winds make many parts of Greece vulnerable to such fires during the summer months. 

-- European Pressphoto Agency, The Associated Press

Tourists and locals are seen on board a small boat as a wildfire approaches the village of Megalo Livadi on July 27. Chloe Kritharas Devinne / EPA
Tourists and locals finding shelter near the seaside as a wildfire approaches the village of Megalo Livadi on Serifos island on July 27. Chloe Kritharas Devinne / EPA
People evacuate the village of Megalo Livadi on Serifos, July 27. Chloe Kritharas Devienne / AP
People walk in the sea as a wildfire approaches the village of Megalo Livadi on July 27. Chloe Kritharas Devinne / EPA