Several regions across Greece’s mainland as well as islands in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea are at Very High Risk of Fires on Friday, August 10th 2018. According to a statement issued by the country’s Civil Protection Agency, Very High Risk (Level 4) and High Risk (Level 3) of wildfires is due to strong blowing winds.
At Very High Risk are the regions of Attica, Sterea, North Greece, Peloponnese, islands in the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea.
Friday, 10 August 2018
Very High Risk of Fire for:
North Aegean: Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria
South Aegean: Cyclades group
Ionian Sea: Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Leykada
Sterea Prefecture: Fokida, Fthiotida, Viotia, Evia, Skyros (Sporades)
North Greece: Halkidiki, Thasos island
High Risk of Fire for:
South Dodecanese islands, Crete, North Aegean islands, Thrace, South Central Greece and Epirus.
For regions marked with Yellow, there is High Risk for Fires (Level 3). Blue marks regions with Medium Risk and Green with Low Risk.
The Civil Protection urges citizens to be very careful and avoid acts outdoors that can cause fire by negligence, such as throwing lit cigarettes, burning dry vegetation and small branches (twigs) and branches or cleaning residues, using sparking machines such as circular saws, welding devices, the use of outdoor grills etc.
The Civil Protection reminds that setting fields on fire is prohibited during the “anti-fire season” in the summer months.
In the event of a fire, citizens should immediately notify the Fire Service by calling number <199>
On Civil Protection website you can find useful Protection Guidelines about what exactly to avoid, and what to do if fire is close to your home. the info is available also in English.