Greece’s Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Vasilis Kikilias spoke with journalists today on Greek tv and urged caution as half of the country will be at a high risks for fires this weekend and through to Sunday afternoon.

In a post n Greek on X, he said, “Starting late tonight and throughout Saturday and into Sunday afternoon, half of the country will be at the orange level, that is, at a very high risk of forest fires, due to gale-force winds of 7-8 and in places 9 Beaufort.”

The Minister added, “The entire state machinery is on full alert. But we all need to help in order to overcome this difficulty regarding weather conditions and causing fires. For this, I sincerely ask all our fellow citizens to cooperate, following the instructions of the authorities and calling 199 or 112 in case they notice a fire.”