In Fire Alarm Today / Photo: EUROKINISSI / THANASIS DIMOPOULOS
Today’s day will be the most difficult of the summer in terms of the extreme danger of a fire , as more areas have been put on alert since Saturday, and many more in Greece are at risk 4.
The combination of high temperatures – mercury is expected to reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius according to the EMY weather forecast – with strong winds creates an extremely dangerous situation for a fire. Today, there will be blowing 4-5 beauforts in the west, 5-7 beauforts in the east, while in the Aegean they will reach 8 beauforts.
Areas in alarm state for fire
Specifically, in the state of extreme danger (category 5) for fire alarm the following areas:
Attica (including the island of Kythera)
Central Greece (eastern Boeotia, central and southern Euboea)
Region of Peloponnese (Messinia, Corinth, Argolis, Arcadia, eastern Laconia)
Region of Western Greece (Achaia, Ilia)
In addition, there is a high risk of fire (hazard category 4) for the following areas today:
Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Evros, Samothrace)
North Aegean Region
South Aegean Region (Cyclades)
Region of Peloponnese
Central Greece (Evia, Skyros, Boeotia, Fthiotida, Fokida)
Ionian Islands Region (Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Lefkada)
Region of Thessaly (Sporades)
Prefecture of Epirus (Preveza)
59 forest fires on Saturday
Fears of a fire were unfortunately confirmed on Saturday. A total of 59 fires broke out within 24 hours, according to the fire department. A total of 459 firefighters, 204 vehicles, 10 hiking groups, 9 aircraft, 7 helicopters and 7 PZLs were involved. Also, fire suppression assistance was provided by 16 district and local water carriers, an army helicopter and voluntary fire trucks.
Out of the fires that took place, a major mobilization was required in Elafonissos , where the fire was burning early Saturday morning. In fact, the island’s campsite was evacuated for preventive reasons and a hotel and holidaymakers were safely transferred to the port.
Also, because of the fire in Zuberi early Saturday afternoon, 288 children from the Athenian camps were prevented from moving to a safe spot on the beach of Agios Andreas. They later returned safely to the camp.
Directions to citizens
The General Secretariat for Civil Protection once again recommends that citizens be very careful and avoid actions in the countryside that can cause a fire of negligence, such as the burning of dry grass and branches or debris, the use of sparks-like machinery, welding machines, the use of outdoor barbecues, bee smoking, throwing lit cigarettes, etc. It is also recalled that during the fire season the burning of the fields is prohibited.
In the event of a fire, citizens are urged to notify the Fire Service at 199.
SMS sending started from 112
In the meantime, the intermediate solution to the emergency number 112 has been in place since Saturday . Citizens received a message on their cell phones, warning them of the extreme danger of fire. It said: “General Secretariat for Civil Protection 10-08-2019 11:56. Avoid actions that may cause a fire in the open air. Extreme danger of fire.
source – iefimerida.gr