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Extreme Fire Danger on June 21, Greece’s Civil Protection warns

Greece’s Civil Protection and Climate Crisis ministry issued a warning of Extreme Fire Danger for tomorrow, Friday, June 21, 2024.

According to the Fire Risk Prediction Map there is Extreme Fire Danger – (Category 5) for the region of Attica and Very High Danger (Category 4) for several other regions.

Extreme fire risk – State of Alert (risk category 5) for the following areas:

  • Region of Attica (except the island of Kythira)

Very high fire risk (risk category 4) for the following areas:

  • Region of Attica (Kythira island)
  • Region of Peloponnese
  • Region of Western Greece (Ilia, Achaia)
  • Region of Central Greece (Fokida, Viotia, Fthiotida, Evia including the island of Skyros)
  • North Aegean Region (Lesvos, Chios)

Northern winds are forecast to blow with 6-7 Beaufort and locally 8 B increasing the risk of fires in dry vegetation.

The General Secretariat of Civil Protection (civilprotection.gov.gr) of the Ministry of Climate Crisis & Civil Protection has informed the competent government agencies involved, as well as the Regions and Municipalities of the above regions, so that they are on increased civil protection readiness in order to face any fire incidents immediately.

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, the use of machines that cause sparks such as circular saws, welding devices , the use of outdoor grills, the smoking of bees, the throwing of lit cigarettes, etc. Also, it is recalled that during the fire protection season burning of fields is prohibited.

In the event of a fire, citizens are requested to immediately notify the Fire Service at the number 199.

For more information and self-protection instructions from the dangers of forest fires, citizens can visit the website of the General Secretariat of Civil Protection at civilprotection.gov.gr.

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