Warning of high fire risk for Ionian islands

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Greece’s Civil Protection Authority (CPA) issued a warning yesterday of a high fire risk for the Ionian Islands Region (Kefallonia, Ithaca, Zakynthos).

The category 4 warning was issued by the CPA in its Fire Risk Forecast Map and is expected to affect the region today 16 July.

The CPA has informed all the relevant State services. as well as the Regions and the Municipalities of the above areas, in order to be on increased alert for civil protection in order to immediately deal with any episodes of fires.

At the same time, Civil Protection Authority advises all citizens in the region to be especially careful and to avoid actions in the countryside that can cause fire by negligence, such as burning dry grass and twigs or cleaning debris, the use of spark-generating machines such as chainsaws, , the use of outdoor grills, bee smoking, throwing lighted cigarettes, etc.

Burning of fields is prohibited during the fire season.

In case of fire, citizens requested to immediately notify the Fire Department by calling 199. For more information and instructions on self-protection from the dangers of forest fires, citizens can visit the website of the  Civil Protection at www.civilprotection.gr.

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