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Italy wildfires: 900 evacuated in Sardinia; Greece, France send aid

France and Greece dispatched aircraft to help put out wildfires, which have consumed around 20,000 hectares (nearly 50,000 acres) in the province of Oristano.

Published: 26th July 2021 06:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2021 06:26 PM   |  A+A-

helicopter drops water to put out flames are seen a wooded area in Cugliari, near Oristano, on the island of Sardinia, Italy. (Photo | AP)

helicopter drops water to put out flames are seen a wooded area in Cugliari, near Oristano, on the island of Sardinia, Italy. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

MILAN: Raging forest fires in central Sardinia have forced the evacuation of 900 people as flames threatened some residential areas and others were engulfed by dense smoke, firefighters said Monday.

No deaths or injuries have been reported.

France and Greece dispatched aircraft to help put out wildfires, which have consumed around 20,000 hectares (nearly 50,000 acres) in the province of Oristano.

Firefighters battled all night bringing under control a blaze near the town of Montiferro that displaced 400 residents over the weekend.

The wildfires, which broke out over the weekend, have been spread by dry southerly winds.



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