fires in southern Europe
A forest fire in an Italian resort. tourists flee to the water
A forest fire broke out in the resort of Bibione on the Italian coast on Friday evening. The residents of the beach fled to the sea, where they were rescued by the coast guard shortly after.
Heat and drought have caused several forest fires in southern Europe in recent days. On Friday, fires broke out both in the Spanish Costa del Sol and in the Italian Bibione. At the Adriatic seaside resort, several tourists ran into the sea and were rescued by the coast guard.
According to the media, the fire broke out in the area popular among German vacationers on Friday afternoon. The coast guard, when asked on Saturday, was initially unable to confirm whether any Germans were among the survivors. Several fire brigades and a fire helicopter fought against the fire on the border of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions. The operation continued on Saturday.
Firefighters are battling multiple fires in Italy
Videos showed the fires consuming trees and thick smoke billowing into the sky that could be seen for miles. “We hope that it will not be canceled in the coming hours, but there should be no missing people,” Pierluigi Grosseto, the deputy mayor of San Michele al Tagliamento, told Ansa news agency. The police is investigating the causes of the fire. Because of the drought, Grosseto said it’s possible the fires were self-igniting. The forces extinguished four fires.
Due to the extreme drought, firefighters are currently battling forest and bushfires across Italy. 90 firefighters, two helicopters and two firefighting planes responded to a forest fire that broke out in an area of about 70 hectares in the municipality of Guerreit (Frasilongo) in Trentino, northern Italy. Fire fighting continued on Saturday. Civil defense warned not to approach the area. The hiking and skiing area is east of Trento.
Also in Tuscany, Lucca firefighters had to put out fires in a burning olive grove on Friday. Forest and bush fires were also raging in Sicily and Sardinia, and firefighting aircraft were used to fight them.