A 64-year-old man died today in a forest fire in the area of Argyrokastro, where hundreds of firefighters and soldiers are fighting to reduce many fire fronts, the Albanian police.
The 64-year-old and his wife, who was seriously injured, were trapped by the flames inside their house.
The Ministry of Defense also announced that a soldier was being treated after being poisoned by smoke.
Authorities have ordered the evacuation of three villages in the greater Argyrokastro area, where fires have been raging for the past two days.
For a week now, Albania has been hit by a severe heat wave.
According to local authorities, the situation remained difficult tonight, as the flames, intensified by strong winds, threaten homes. The Ministry of Defense called on the residents to cooperate with the police and leave their homes.
In Avlona, about 500 soldiers and firefighters, with the help of three helicopters, have been trying for two days to bring the forest fires under control. In all, nine fronts remain active in the country. The situation is critical in the Karaburun peninsula, near Avlona.
North of the Adriatic, in Croatia, about 8,500 acres of grassland and pine forest in the Trogir area have been burned since yesterday.