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62 wildfires across Greece in last 24 hours, risk remains high MAPs regions warning

At least 62 wildfires broke out in the last 24 hours across Greece. Fire brigades were able take the majority of the wildfires under control in time. Among them  there were three in Attica (Kryoneri, Lavrio, Artemida), one in Kalistaina Messini and one in Profitis Ilias, Herakleio, Crete,

As high temperatures and strong winds continue  Greece’ Civil Protection has issued new warnings about the high risk of wild fires.

Level 4 Warning for Friday, July 7th 2017 for the following prefectures:

  • Attica,
  • Boiotia
  • Euboea
  • Chania, Rethymno, Herakleio, Lasithi (Crete)
  • Chios
  • Samos and Ikaria

Level 4 – Warning for Saturday, July 8th 2017:

  • Blue: Low Yellow: High Orange Very High Red: Extreme/Alert
  • The Levels refer to the speed  wildfires are spread and go out of control.

 

The Civil Protection urges citizens to be cautious and avoid outdoors activities that can cause fires out of negligence. Such activities are: throwing of still burning cigarettes, set on fire debris like  dry grasses and tree branches, the use of machines and devices that produce sparks, the use of outdoor grills.

During this period the burning of grassland and weed fields is prohibited.

The Civil protection reminds that during the so-called fire-fighting period, the burning of grassland and fields is prohibited.

In case they see a wildfire, citizens should call the 3-digit phone number <199>.

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