Six regions of Greece have set the 4th (out of 5) orange risk level since July 1, according to the forest fire hazard map published by the General Secretariat of Civil Protection.
In particular, the orange level of danger is declared in the eastern part of the Peloponnese, the metropolitan area of Attica, Central Greece, Thessaly and on the island of Rhodes. The General Secretariat of Civil Protection has informed the responsible state authorities, as well as regions and municipalities at high risk of fire, of the need for increased preparedness.
The authorities advise citizens to exercise extreme caution and avoid outdoor activities that could cause a fire, such as burning dry grass or garbage, throwing cigarettes, and so on.
Civil Protection urges citizens to avoid fires and even sparks in the street. She encourages people to call the fire brigade <199> if they see a fire and give clear information:
your exact location, direction of fire, type of burning vegetation.
Greece’s National Meteorological Service has warned of intense heat with temperatures as high as 43-44 ° C in the coming days. How to behave in extreme heat, see here.
Forest fires burn thousands of hectares in Greece every year. Most often they are caused by a human hand: either through negligence, or as a result of arson.