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Fires warning: Greece’s regions at “very high risk” Aug 8-9 (MAPs)

“Hot-Dry-Windy” conditions prevail in several parts of Greece favor the outbreak of wild- and forest fires on Monday and Tuesday, August 8-9, 2022, the National Observatory of Athens

According to latest forecast data analyzed by the team FLAME of the NOA, the Hot-Dry-Windy weather type creates unfavorable pyro-meteorological, that is fire -weather conditions.

The reason for this significant deterioration is the strengthening of northerly winds (>5 Beaufort) in combination with the consolidation of very hot and dry conditions, which significantly increase the flammability of dead forest fuels.

Overall, the fire-meteorological conditions during the two-day Monday – Tuesday, 08 – 09.08.2022 are expected to be characterized by the particularly dangerous for forest fires type of weather Hot + Dry + Windy

Fire Weather Forecast

Monday, Aug 8

Very high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads is expected in Kavala (including Thassos), Xanthi, Rhodope, Evros, Samothraki, Lemnos, Phocis, and the south and east of Halkidiki.

Very high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads is expected in Attica, Viotia, Central and South Evia, Corinth, Argolida, Laconia, and more locally in Phthiotida, Achaia, South Evia, South. Lesvos and Chios.

Locally high potential for wind-driven forest fires is expected in Thessaloniki, Pella, Serres, Drama, Kilkis and Lefkada.

Locally moderate/high potential for plume-driven (pyro-inductive) forest fires is expected in Ilia, Achaia and Atoloakarnania.

 

Tuesday, Aug 9

Very high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads is expected in Kavala (including Thassos), Xanthi, Rhodope, Evros, Attica, Boeotia, North and Central Evia, Corinth and Argolida, and more locally in Laconia, Arcadia, Achaia, Fthiotida and South Evia.

Locally high potential for wind-driven forest fires with potentially high heat loads is expected in Thessaloniki, Halkidiki (Kassandra), Pella, Serres, Drama, and West Crete.

Locally moderate/high potential for plume-driven (pyro-inductive) forest fires is expected in Ilia, Achaia and Atoloakarnania.

 

The FLAME points out that in the above geographical zones, special attention should be paid to areas where northerly winds will “align” with the topography and forest fuel (eg, when the wind blows perpendicular to the slope of a densely vegetated mountain mass), maximizing the potential for extreme fire behavior.

In addition, it is noted that in the above geographical zones the estimated moisture content of dead forest fuel will not exceed 10 – 12% during the midday/afternoon hours, an element that will facilitate the ignition, maintenance and transmission of the fire, while it will remain at similar levels (12 – 14%) and during the night, limiting the nocturnal “control window” of the fire.

The FLAME pyrometeorological team of EAA / meteo.gr will continue to monitor the forecast and real data, updating and specifying the estimates for the areas where the worst pyrometeorological conditions are expected.

Hazard maps, based on the Canadian System of Fire Meteorological Indicators appropriately adapted to the fire environment of Greece, are also available daily from the home page of meteo.gr.

Civil Protection Warning

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At very high risk of fires (Level 4, marked Orange): Attica, south Evia, Argolida, areas in Corinth, Evros and Thassos.

Areas at high risk (Level 3) are marked Yellow

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At very high risk of fires (Level 4, marked Orange): Attica, Evia, Viotia and areas in Fthiotida. Many areas in Peloponnese, Evros, Samothraki and Thassos. Also Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca.

Areas at high risk (Level 3) are marked Yellow.

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