The Greek Civil Protection has issued a fire warning for Monday, July 23rd 2018, drawing citizens’ attention to the high risk of fire outbreak due to high temperatures. In the statement issued Sunday noon, the Civil Protection said:
There is a Very High Risk (Level 4) for the Prefecture of Attica as well as for several Prefectures in Central Greece and Peloponnese and the island of Evia.
Peloponnese: Corinth, Achaia, Argolida, Arkadia, Lakonia and Central Greece: Viotia, Fthiotida, Fokida, Evia.
Risk of Fire is High (Level 3) is valid for the remaining prefectures of Central Greece, Achaia, Arkadia and Messinia in Peloponnese, the Cyclades islands, Crete and the south Dodecanese.
At the same time, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection recommends that citizens be very careful and avoid acts in the countryside that can cause fire by negligence, such as throwing lit cigarettes, burning dry grasses and branches or cleaning residues, using sparking machines such as circular saws, welding devices, the use of outdoor grills etc.
The Civil Protections reminds that setting fields on fire is prohibited during the “anti-fire season” in the summer months.
In the event of a fire, citizens are kindly requested to immediately notify the Fire Service by calling number <199>.
In its statement the Civil Protection said it has warned all state institutions involved to be on increased state of civil protection readiness in order to deal immediately with possible incidents of fires.
Monday is the third day of a heat wave with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius striking Greece.
According to National Observatory in Athens, extreme weather phenomena wind above 8 Beaufort are forecast for Central Greece and Corfu
Every summer thousands of acres are burned down due to wildfires that put human lives, the fauna and flora of Greece at risk.