A long front of fire is fed by the sirocco wind from Gratteri to the gates of Cefalù. The fire started in the mountains around Gibilmanna and spread to an area already devastated by fires this summer. The flames arrived in the district of Rapputi creating a "very complicated situation", said the deputy mayor of Cefalù, Rosario Lapunzina. A Canadair sent in the morning had to stop operations due to strong winds.
The 700 tourists evacuated to Cefalù returned to the hotel
The 700 tourists of the Costa Verde hotel evacuated last night due to the fire that threatened the structure and caused extensive damage to Cefalù have returned. This morning the guests were also able to have breakfast at the hotel. "The fire continues to burn, but the Costa Verde is safe, tourists have returned - says the owner of the hotel Giuseppe Farinella on social media - The firefighters, with the help of civil protection volunteers, worked all night and now the areas where the Costa Verde stands are far from the fire and are no longer in danger". "The strong wind and the grass parched by the heat and lack of rain, have fueled the fires and inconveniences, but it must be clearly denounced - underlines Farinella - that the fires are caused by hands fomenting hatred towards creation and the population: these are criminal gestures, motivated by a pure criminal logic. We ask forgiveness to the tourists who are guests of the Costa Verde"
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