Firefighters from the United Kingdom are battling wildfires that have consumed a Greek island.

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Firefighters from the United Kingdom are battling wildfires that have consumed a Greek island.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated from a Greek island caught in the country’s flames.

The dramatic sea rescue occurred as British firemen flew in to assist with the firefighting efforts.

After witnessing the destruction firsthand during a visit to Greece last week, Home Secretary Priti Patel assembled a 21-strong team in only 24 hours. Merseyside, Lancashire, London, South Wales, the West Midlands, and the National Resilience Assurance Team are all represented.

Thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes as a result of the flames, which have destroyed enormous swaths of forest across Greece.

More than 1,000 people were rescued by ferries as fires raged throughout the Greek island of Evia. One volunteer firefighter was killed in the incident.

Greece is experiencing its worst heat wave in 30 years, with temperatures reaching over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in certain locations.

“I am incredibly grateful to the brave firefighters who stepped forward and volunteered to assist,” Ms Patel added.

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