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Ministry Warns of High Fire Risk in Greece for Tuesday, August 15

Photo source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection

Photo source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection

The General Secretariat for Civil Protection of the Greek Ministry of Interior has warned that on Tuesday, August 15, the risk of wildfires in the regions of Attica, Central Greece (Evia), Crete, North Aegean (Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria) and the South Aegean will be very high (category 4 for fire risk).

While fire crews are on high alert, residents and tourists are urged to be cautious and to avoid outdoor actions that may cause a fire by negligence, such as disposing of lit cigarettes, burning dry grass and branches, using outdoor grills or using machines that cause sparks such as circular saws, welding devices, etc. During the fire-fighting period the burning of fields is prohibited.

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

For more information and self-protection instructions from the dangers of forest fires, citizens are advised to visit the General Civil Protection Secretariat’s website here.

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