Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
GENOA

Forest fire west of genoa adds to italy's wildfire woes

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(ANSA) - Genoa, July 17 - A forest wildfire broke out in the
province of Imperia, west of Genoa Tuesday, in a summer scorched
by an unusual number of fires across Italy.
Three hectares went up in flame and dozens of other
hectares are under threat near Imperia where firefighters are
working to contain flames with the aid of two helicopters. A
third is on its way.
More fires are raging across greater areas of Italy this
year as rain refuses to fall across many of Italy's most arid
zones, and 550 fires were reported over the last weekend alone,
Italy's State Forest Police reported Monday.
The number of fires since the beginning of the year is up
by 76% and the area burnt has increased by 57%, said the State
Forest Police.
Dry conditions have turned vast areas into kindling, with
rain down by 83% overall in Italy, and down by 99% in various
parts of the southern and central Italy, as well as Sicily and
Sardinia, the farmers group Coldiretti said Monday.
A wildfire fed by high winds seared roughly 100 hectares in
northeastern Sardinia, near the Emerald coast, forcing the
evacuation of 800 people - largely tourists - and injuring five
firefighters.
In Ragusa, southern Sicily, firefighters fought a blaze
consuming roughly 100 hectares of forest on Sunday and Monday.
A fire near Rome interrupted ventilation systems for the
Appia Gallery on Rome's arterial ring road Sunday night.
The southern Italian region of Molise issued fire emergency
rules on Monday that prohibit fires of any kind - even lighting
up or smoking a cigarette - in local pine forests and pastures
until September 30.

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