Photography

Wildfires rage across Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Russia and Lebanon

This summer has been scarred by heat. Extreme weather events have plagued countries around the world in recent months — heat waves in the United States, drought in Iran and so many floods. But the unforgiving wildfires just don’t seem to stop.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

At the end of June, there were fires in Canada, where an unprecedented heat dome proved catastrophic, destroying an entire village. Other fires torched homes and raged through brush across the western United States, the largest now in California. The smoke even made its way across the country.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Ancient forests have burned down. Towns have been incinerated. People have been threatened by burns, smoke inhalation or death in the ravages of the flames. Firefighters have been sent to the scenes to battle in the heat — and they’re exhausted.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

In late July, wildfires overtook forests on the Italian island of Sardinia and in northeastern Spain. Now, Siberia is seeing fires take over millions of acres of forest. Parts of Turkey and Greece have gone up in flames, too.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Though summer always brings fires, climate change is fueling the flames. Record-setting heat and unprecedented fire devastation are a warning of what is to come.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Greece

A firefighter in the village of Avgaria, on the island of Evia, on Aug. 10.

Stelios Misinas/Reuters

Stelios Misinas/Reuters

Greece

Firefighters from Slovakia try to extinguish a blaze near Avgaria on Aug. 10.

Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Greece

Firefighting helicopters collect water off the island of Evia on Aug. 10.

Nicolas Economou/Reuters

Nicolas Economou/Reuters

Greece

Firefighters from Romania spray water on a burned forest area near Avgaria on Aug. 10.

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Greece

People watch the wildfires on Aug. 9 outside the village of Kamatriades on Evia.

Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg News

Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg News

Greece

Residents on Aug. 8 fight a wildfire in the village of Gouves on Evia, the country's second-largest island.

Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Greece

A woman reacts Aug. 8 as a wildfire approaches her house in the village of Gouves, on the island of Evia.

Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg News

Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg News

Greece

People evacuate Aug. 8 from Pefki, a village on Evia island. Evacuation orders were issued for four villages, but some residents stayed behind, hoping to save their homes.

Petros Karadjias/AP

Petros Karadjias/AP

Greece

Hundreds of firefighters fought desperately Aug. 8 to control wildfires on the island of Evia that have charred vast areas of pine forest, destroyed homes and forced tourists and locals to flee.

Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Greece

Tables are set in a charred restaurant in Varybobi, outside Athens, on Aug. 8.

EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Greece

Flames engulf houses in the Afidnes area of Athens on Aug. 6

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Greece

Firefighters try to beat back flames in Agios Stefanos on Aug. 6.

Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

Greece

A dog waits inside a car as a wildfire burns in Agios Stefanos on Aug. 6.

Petros Karadjias/AP

Petros Karadjias/AP

Greece

Burned hills in Drosopigi, north of Athens, on Aug. 6.

Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Greece

Firefighters try to prevent flames from crossing a national highway in the area of Afidnes on Aug. 5.

Alexander Beltes/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Alexander Beltes/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Greece

Flames burn a mountain in Platanos on Aug. 4. The European Union promised assistance to Greece and other countries in southeastern Europe grappling with huge wildfires after a blaze gutted or damaged more than 100 homes and businesses near Athens.

Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr/AP

Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr/AP

Greece

Residents watch a wildfire burning in the Limni area of Evia Island on Aug. 4.

Panagiotis Kouros/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Panagiotis Kouros/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Greece

A firefighting helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Varympompi on Aug. 4.

Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

Greece

A couple stands in front of a burned house after a wildfire in Varympompi on Aug. 4.

Orestis Panagiotou/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Orestis Panagiotou/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Greece

Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Varympompi on Aug. 3.

Costas Baltas/Reuters

Costas Baltas/Reuters

Greece

Flames burn on the mountain in Limni on Evia Island on Aug. 3.

Michael Pappas/AP

Michael Pappas/AP

Greece

A woman takes pictures of a wildfire in Varympompi on Aug. 3.

Yiannis Kolesidis/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Yiannis Kolesidis/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Turkey

A firefighter carries a hose while extinguishing a wildfire in Koycegiz on Aug. 9.

Emre Tazegul/AP

Emre Tazegul/AP

Turkey

A wildfire rages in a Koycegiz forest on Aug. 9.

Emre Tazegul/AP

Emre Tazegul/AP

Turkey

A helicopter participates in a wildfire extinguishing operation in Koycegiz on Aug. 9.

Emre Tazegul/AP

Emre Tazegul/AP

Turkey

Flames in Akcayaka village in Mugla province in the country’s southwest on Aug. 6.

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey

Trying to extinguish flames in Akcayaka on Aug. 6.

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey

Smoke rises from a shelter in Akcayaka on Aug. 6.

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey

A helicopter drops water on a wildfire near the village of Ikizce on Aug. 6.

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey

Flames rise from a fire spreading in Oren, in the Aegean region of Mugla, on Aug. 3.

AFP/Getty Images

AFP/Getty Images

Turkey

A firefighter takes pictures of a spreading fire in Oren on Aug. 3.

AFP/Getty Images

AFP/Getty Images

Turkey

Oren residents use branches to try to put out a fire on Aug. 3.

AFP/Getty Images

AFP/Getty Images

Turkey

People leave their homes in Mugla amid wildfires on Aug. 3.

Erdem Sahin/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Erdem Sahin/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Turkey

A woman uses a fire extinguisher to try to save a burning tree in Cokertme on Aug. 3.

Emre Tazegul/AP

Emre Tazegul/AP

Turkey

A burning forest near the resort town of Marmaris on Aug. 3.

Ismail Coskun/AP

Ismail Coskun/AP

Turkey

A wildfire advances in Hisaronu on Aug. 2.

AP

AP

Italy

A helicopter flies above a fire at Le Capannine beach in Catania on July 30.

Roberto Viglianisi/Reuters

Roberto Viglianisi/Reuters

Italy

Fires rage through the countryside in Cuglieri on July 25.

Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse/AP

Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse/AP

Spain

Flames rise from a forest fire in Girona on July 22.

David Borrat/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

David Borrat/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Russia

Volunteers pause at the scene of forest fire near Kyuyorelyakh village on Aug. 7. Wildfires in Russia's vast Siberia region endangered a dozen villages and prompted authorities to evacuate some residents.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Russia

Volunteers at the scene of fire Aug. 5 near Kyuyorelyakh.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Russia

Firefighters amid the flames near Kyuyorelyakh on Aug. 5.

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Ivan Nikiforov/AP

Russia

Smoke rises from a forest fire outside the village of Berdigestyakh on July 27.

Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Russia

Smoke hangs in the air in Yakutsk on July 27.

Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Lebanon

Wildfires spread in the forests of the Qubayyat area of the Akkar region on July 29.

Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Lebanon

Volunteers help to extinguish a forest fire in the Qubayyat area of the Akkar region on July 29.

Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Lebanon

Flames approach a structure as a wildfire burns through forests in Qubayyat on July 28.

Ethan Swope/Getty Images

Ethan Swope/Getty Images

More from the Post

Thousands flee Greek island Evia by boat as ‘horror movie’ wildfires rage

Greek fires force beach rescue, approach Olympics birthplace

What you need to know about how wildfires spread

The latest from The Washington Post

Credits

Photo editing and production by Stephen Cook. Text by Sammy Westfall.