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“Very High Fires Risk” in 6 regions of Greece, Aug 23 (MAP)

A “Very High Risk of Fires”Extreme Fires Risk” (risk category 4) has been forecast in six Greek regions for Wednesday, August 23, 2023, according to the Fire Danger Forecast Map issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection ministry.

It is the “Hot-Dry-Windy” conditions that dramatically increase the risk for wildfires making the extinction of the several fire fronts across the country difficult.

“Very High Fire Risk” (category 4) for the following areas:

  • Attica
  • Evros,incl.Samothrace, Rodopi, Xanthi, Kavala, Thassos
  • Limnos, Lesvos
  • Fokida, Fthiotida, Viotia, Evia including the island of Skyros
  • Corinth, Argolida, Acradia region
  • Region of Western Greece: Achaia

Regions marked “YELLOW” indicate that they are at “High risk of Fires” (category 3).

At the same time, the General Secretariat of Civil Protection recommends that citizens be especially careful and avoid actions in the open air that can cause a fire by negligence, such as

  • burning dry grass and branches or cleaning residues
  • use of machines that cause sparks such as circular saws, welding devices
  • use of outdoor grills
  • smoking of bees
  • burning of fields

HOT-DRY-WINDY

According to results from the analysis of data from the automatic weather stations of the METEO service of the National Observatory of Athens (EAA), which are used for the daily assessment of fire-meteorological risk and which take into account the cumulative effect of meteorological conditions on forest fuels and their expected behavior of forest fires it is the “Hot-Dry-Windy” conditions that increase the fires risks.

The very hot and dry conditions that are already affecting Greece will persist until Friday 25.08.2023. meteo service reported.

ΧΑΡΤΗΣ ΕΠΙΚΙΝΔΥΝΟΤΗΤΑΣ ΠΥΡΚΑΓΙΩΝ
ΧΑΡΤΗΣ ΕΠΙΚΙΝΔΥΝΟΤΗΤΑΣ ΠΥΡΚΑΓΙΩΝ

The very hot and dry conditions combined with the very high flammability of forest fuels and locally strong winds, are expected to form particularly dangerous fire-meteorological conditions , capable of making it difficult to control any forest fires that occur.

In case of fire call 199.

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