Civil protection: “Very high risk of fires” in several regions of Greece (MAP)

The Greek Civil Protection warned of a “very high fire risk” on Friday, July 15, 2022. Regions at very high risk are mainly in Central and Southern Greece, while others are at “high risk”.

The north wind, reaching 8 points on the Beaufort scale in places, has sharply increased the level of fire danger. According to the alert, the five regional units of Greece are in level 4 “very high risk” (marked orange ), and several others to level 3 “high risk” (marked yellow on the map below).

Areas of very high risk

  • Attica
  • Central and South Evia
  • Districts in Argolis
  • Viotia
  • Corinth
  • Crete
  • Lesbos, Samos, Ikaria, Chios, Psara.

North winds of 4 to 8 on the Beaufort scale will significantly increase the risk of fires in five regions of Greece on Friday, civil protection stressed. The Secretariat urges citizens to avoid any outdoor activities that could inadvertently start a fire: burning dry grass and branches, using machines that create sparks (such as circular saws, welding devices), using outdoor grills, fumigating bees, throwing lit cigarettes.

If you are in a rural area:
  • Do not burn bedding or dry vegetation and small branches in summer.
  • Do not use outdoor grills in forests or areas close to dry vegetation.
  • Avoid outdoor activities that could start a fire (welding with a torch, wheel, or other spark-producing tools).
  • Never throw lit cigarettes outdoors.
  • Don’t leave trash in the forest. There is a danger of ignition.
  • Obey signs prohibiting access during high risk periods.

In the event of a forest fire, citizens should call the number < 199 >

If you see a fire

  • Call the fire service call center (199) IMMEDIATELY and provide clear information about:
    – location and exact point where you are,
    – location, exact point and direction of fire,
    – type of burning vegetation.

Read more about what to do in case of fire in the publication Dangers: fires in the forest and mountains

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