Italy recorded more than 800 fire starts this weekend, mainly in the south of the country. “During the last 24 hours, the firefighters have carried out more than 800 interventions: 250 in Sicily, 130 in Puglia and Calabria, 90 in Lazio (the region of Rome) and 70 in Campania”, detailed the firefighters on Saturday on Twitter. “The work of the teams continues in Catania, Palermo and the Syracuse area”, three Sicilian cities.
#Blackfire, in the last 24 hours carried out by #fire fighters over 800 interventions: 250 in Sicily, 130 in Puglia and Calabria, 90 in Lazio and 70 in Campania. The work of the teams continues in Catania, Palermo and Syracuse (in the photos) [#31luglio 8:30] pic.twitter.com/0gJdNfHaVI
– Fire Brigade (@emergenzavvf) July 31, 2021
Fires of criminal origin according to a farmers’ union
Italy is currently affected by a significant heat wave with temperatures reaching 40 ° C in Bari (Apulia) or 39 ° C in Catania and Palermo (Sicily).
These heat and the lack of rains have led to numerous fires, one of which devastated more than 20,000 hectares of forest, olive groves and crops in the region of Oristano, in the west of the region at the end of last week. Sardinia.
According to Coldiretti, one of the main farmers’ unions in Italy, Sicily alone has recorded around 300 forest fires for 60,000 fire starts so far in 2021. “The latest fire starts confirm that the fires have started. by criminals ”, adds Coldiretti, while acknowledging that“ the heat and the drought ”facilitated the work of the arsonists.