Wildfires are burning through the Mediterranean, from Algeria to Greece, leaving death and destruction in their midst.
At least 65 people have been killed in northern Algeria since Monday.
The hardest hit area has been the mountainous Kabylie region where desperate villagers used water hoses and tree branches to battle the encroaching flames.
Si Hamdi Kamel was one of those trying to protect his home:
"We don't have tools, we are trying with what we have to put it out. It will be hard with the wind, we will try with what have, we can't do anything else, only try to protect the houses. May God be with us."
The government has deployed the army to help fight the fires and 28 of those killed in the flames have been soldiers.
Algeria's president declared three days of national mourning and froze state activities not related to the fires.
At the other end of the Mediterranean, exhausted Greek firefighters battled blazes for a ninth consecutive day on Wednesday.
Extra assistance has been sent from all over the world, including France, Germany, Britain, Spain, Egypt, and Qatar.
Greece's Prime Minister has called it a "nightmarish summer" and has apologized for failures in tackling the blazes.
Flare-ups continue to ravage Evia, Greece's second-largest island, areas of the Peloponnese, and Attica.
French firefighting pilot Nicolas Dauber was part of the rescue operations:
"We see many villages with many flames all around the houses its very difficult for all the people to leave the villages so we protect as we can the villages by dropping along the houses to protect the evacuation of the people."
Italy and Turkey have also been ravaged by deadly fires burning through thousands of acres of land.
Blazes are still raging on the island of Siciliy and in the southern region of Italy, where one man was killed after his house collapsed due to the flames.
Countries around the Mediterranean have been seeing some of their highest temperatures in decades, and that hot weather is fueling the wildfires.
The fires come against the backdrop of a new United Nations report stating that the effects of climate change are even more severe than previously thought.
The UN is warning that the world is dangerously close to runaway warming.