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Civil Protection warns of “Very High Risk” for forest fires on Aug 23

Greece’s Civil Protections has issued a warning over a “very high risk” of forest fires and wildfires for Friday, August 23rd 2019.

According to the warning the following areas are affected:
Attica and Viotia, the islands of Evia, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Kythera as well as Lakonia, Arkadia, Argolida, Corinth, Achaia and Ilia in Peloponnese.

Orange marks “very high risk” and Yellow “high risk”.

There are currently three big wildfires in Greece with one of them in Paiania, East Attica.

In the last 24 hours the Greek Fire Service had to intervene in 53 forest fires.

Strong north winds, high temperatures and dryness favor the outbreak of fires. It is not seldom that many are set by humans who neglect the warnings and set fires outdoors.

According to data, 8,270 fires broke out from beginning of 2019 until 31. July. An increase of 104% when compared to 2018.

In the time period August 1-15, 2019 a total of 620 forest fires broke out, with the average being 44 fires per day, newspaper Eleftheros Typos reported last week.

From beginning of the year until now a total of 25 people were arrested for deliberately setting fires.

1,650 blazes in 2019 were set by human hand with intent.

According to data from the years 2000-2010, the forest “arsonist” is usually male and Greek at a rate of 95%, over 45 years old (63%), mentally healthy (99%), married with children, with elementary education, self-employed, usually in the fields of agriculture, forestry or fishing and lives in the province.

30% of the fires are caused by negligence, 20% by intent and 10% by natural or accidental causes. However, 40% of the fire causes remain undetected.

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