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Civil Protection: “Very high risk of fires” in several Greece’s regions (MAP)

Greece’s Civil Protection has warned of “very high risk of fires” for Friday, July 15, 2022.  Regions at very high risk are  mostly in Central and South Greece, while others are at “high risk.” North winds reaching up to 8 Beaufort locally will increase the fire risk.

According to the warning, five regional units of Greece are at “very high risk” Level 4 (marked Orange), while several others are at “high risk” Level 3(marked Yellow on the map below).

Areas at Very High Risk

  • Attica
  • central and south Evia
  • areas in Argolida
  • Viotia
  • Corinth
  • Crete
  • Lesvos, Samos, Ikaria, Chios, Psara.

North winds between 4 and 8 Beaufort locally will greatly increase the risk of fire in five regions of Greece on Friday, the Civil Protection stressed.

The Secretariat calls on citizens to avoid any open-air activities that can cause a fire by negligence, such as burning dry grass and branches, using machines that create sparks – such as circular saws, welding devices – using outdoor grills, smoking bees, and throwing lit cigarettes.


If you are in the countryside
  • Don’t burn litter or dry vegetation and small branches (twigs) during the summer.
  • Don’t use open-air barbecues in forests or places close to dry vegetation during the summer.
  • Avoid open-air activities that may cause fire (i.e. torch weld, wheel or other instruments that create sparks).
  • Never throw lit cigarettes in open-air places.
  • Don’t leave rubbish in the forest. There is danger of ignition.
  • Respect the signs prohibiting access in periods of high risk.

If case, one spots a wild- or forest-fire, citizens should call <199> 24/7/365 free of charge.

If you notice fire

  • Call IMMEDIATELY the Fire Service call center (199) and give clear information about:
    – the location and the exact point where you are,
    – the location, the exact point and the direction of  fire,
    – the kind of vegetation that is burning.

More details on what to do in case of fires issued by the Civil protection here in English.

Each and every summer, wild- and forest fires in Greece burn down thousands of acres of forest and agricultural land, kill a high number of animals and wildlife and put people’s lives at risk.

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