Italy, like many European countries, has been in flames for days. As the fight against forest fires, particularly effective in southern parts of Italy, continues, millions of honey bees have disappeared due to the fires on the island of Sardinia.
It is calculated that more than 20,000 hectares of area burned during the forest fires that were effective, especially around the town of Oristano at the end of July in Sardinia.
According to the statement from the Italian firefighters, 395 forest fires were fought in the country, mainly in the regions of southern Sicily and Calabria, over a 12-hour period, from Thursday evening to Friday morning. As of Friday morning, firefighting was underway with 8 Canadair planes and additional units.
According to the statement from the Civil Defense Agency, 15 Canadair CL415 planes and 5 Erickson S64F helicopters are in use against the forest fires in Italy for the summer of 2021.
Italian Minister for Ecological Transformation Roberto Cingolani said that although they are linked to climate change, the fires are largely man-made.
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“More than 70% of fires are our responsibility,” Cingolani told parliament on Thursday of the fires. The minister said there is evidence showing that 57.4 percent of fires were started deliberately and that 13.7 percent of fires were started by humans but unintentionally, due to a “lack of culture “.
Cingolani also pointed out that it is forbidden to use the burnt areas for other purposes for 15 years.
In the news published in the country’s press with the headlines “Southern Italy is on fire”, it was stated that the fires in Sicily had not slowed down, but continued in many places with the effect of strong winds.
In Italy, which has been fighting the flames for days, as everyone struggled to put out the fires, a person who was seen starting a fire has been arrested. The timing of the arson in the Montesarchio countryside was captured by camera traps placed around the area to monitor recent fires in the area.
The man, described as a 50-year-old farmer, was arrested by police. Man should be condemned for “deliberately burning a forest”.
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It is clear that the man, who attracts attention with his relaxed demeanor in the video footage, came to the scene without paying any attention to his surroundings and attempted to start a forest fire by burning the surrounding bushes. These images, which emerged as the country nearly surrendered to the fires, sparked outrage.
The area of Montesarchio, where the man tried to start a fire, is 48 kilometers from the city of Naples. It was possible that this fire, which would break out in the region under the effect of strong winds, could reach Naples and other large cities …