Dozens of tourists and local residents were evacuated from hotels and homes late Monday as a forest fire burned out of control at a seaside resort in northern Greece, authorities said.

The fire burned on several fronts on the Halkidiki peninsula, near the resorts of Polychrono and Hanioti. Local officials said there had been indications of arson.

Dozens of tourists and residents were led to beaches in the area after homes, several hotels and campsites in the area were evacuated.

"This is a very difficult fire because it's in an inhabited area," Greek fire chief Andreas Kois told state-run NET television. "The winds are strong and conditions are bad."

The fire broke out amid a heat wave across southeast Europe, with temperatures in some areas reaching 107.6 Fahrenheit.