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Civil Protection Warning: Attica and other regions in Fire Risk Alarm Status

Greece’s Civil Protection has issued a warning of Extreme Forest Fire Risk – Alarm Status and the highest  Hazard  Category 5 for Saturday, August 10th 2019. Hot and dry weather, winds blowing with intensity up to 7 Beaufort and low percentage of humidity increase the risk for wild fires.

In Alarm Status, the highest but also rare category, are the following areas:

• Attica, East Viotia, Central and South Evia as well as Corinth, Argolida, Arkadia, East Lakonia and Kythera in Peloponnese.

At Very High Risk of Fires – Hazard Category 4 – are the regions of

• North Aegean and the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, the South Aegean Region and the Cyclades islands, Peloponnese, Evia, Viotia, Fthiotida, Fokida and the island of Skyros (Sporades) and the island of Zakynthos (Zante) in the Ionian Sea.

Blue = Medium Risk, Yellow = High, Orange = Very High, Red = Alarm Status

The Civil Protection warns citizens that the risk of fires will be very high in the next three days, August 10- 12, 2019.

Regional and municipality authorities are stand by to avert any fire incident that would harm human life.

Citizens access to the area in Alarm Status may be prohibited.

The General Secretariat for Civil Protection recommends that citizens are extremely careful and avoid outdoors actions that can cause a fire of negligence, such as the burning of dry grasses and branches or debris, the use of spark-ignition machines, using outdoor barbecues, bee smoking, throwing lit cigarettes, etc.

It is also recalled that during the fire season from May to October the burning of the fields is prohibited.

In the event of a fire, citizens are urged to notify the Fire Service at telephone number <199>.

Citizens should state their exact location, the direction of the fire and if possible also the kind of vegetation on fire.

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