Forest fires scorch northern Italy, force hundreds to flee

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
October 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Switzerland and Croatia have sent aircraft to help Italian firefighters battle forest fires that have scorched parts of northern Italy and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people. Authorities in Piedmont and Lombardy are seeking to have states of emergency declared for their regions, which have been hit by an abnormally dry summer, little autumn rainfall and winds that have helped spread the flames. Interior Minister Marco Minniti held a crisis meeting Monday with emergency authorities in Turin, capital of the hard-hit Piedmont region, and said evidence points to arson as the cause for at least some of the fires. The fires have contributed to a thick cloud of choking smog that has covered northern Italy for days.

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