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Hundreds of forest fires in Italy: five-kilometer-long fire fronts but no fire-fighting planes

2021-07-30T07:03:29.502Z

The fire brigade is fighting numerous bush fires in southern Italy. The emergency services currently have to fight 240 fires. In some places even the fire fighting planes are missing.



The fire brigade is fighting numerous bush fires in southern Italy.

The emergency services currently have to fight 240 fires.

In some places even the fire fighting planes are missing.

Rome - The firefighters in Sardinia have been fighting the flames since the beginning of the week (July 26th).

Houses were destroyed, animals died in agony.

On Thursday evening, the local fire brigade reported new sources of fire in the province of Oristano in the west of the island.

Other parts of the country are now also harder hit by the extreme weather.

In Italy, the rescue workers are still in action across the country in the fight against numerous forest fires - in some cases without fire-fighting planes.

Devastating fires in Italy: 240 bush fires - the capital also seems to be affected

The affected regions had requested the assistance of fire-fighting aircraft 34 times, the civil protection authority announced on Thursday evening. The inquiries came from Calabria in southern Italy, Latium - where the capital Rome is - and from the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. But the authorities could not send planes to three fires. There the fire brigades had to fight the flames on the ground. 

The causes of the fires are mostly careless or malicious behavior, the authority explained.

The number of fires is enormous.

Nationwide, the fire brigade spoke of 240 bush fires in which it was deployed.

In southern Italy, the fire brigade reported dozens of missions that evening.

A tent was evacuated in Scanzano Jonico in the Basilicata region.

In Agrigento, Sicily, firefighters stood in front of a five-kilometer fire front.

In the area around the city of Palermo, the rescuers went out more than 40 times in connection with the fires.

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The fires have been raging in Sardinia since the beginning of the week.

The fire brigade in Italy is now fighting 240 bush fires.

© Alessandro Tocco / dpa

Devastating fires in Italy: Fires could intensify in the next week

Drought, heat and sometimes strong winds in the past few days favored the spread of the flames.

The heat is expected to increase even further in the coming week and could further increase the risk of forest fires.

In contrast, the situation is completely different in the north of the country.

The regions around Lake Como in particular had to struggle with floods and landslides in the past week.

Hailstones the size of tennis balls fell elsewhere.

(chd / dpa)

List of rubric lists: © Alessandro Tocco / dpa

Source: merkur

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