The experience of the fires on the Greek island of Euboea, leads to the alert in other European countries. Italy, faced with the effects of the heat wave from Africa, decided to increase the number of cities in “red alert”, the highest level of danger to health, while in Spain the alert for fire risk grows throughout its territory as a result of the high temperatures that are expected from tomorrow.
This Tuesday there were four cities at risk, but on Wednesday they will double and on Thursday there will be ten, the ANSA agency reported. Sardinia, which together with Sicily and Calabria are facing fires, received a visit on Tuesday from the Italian Minister of Agricultural Policies, Stefano Patuanelli, to tour the region devastated by the fires of the last two weeks.
On Thursday there will be ten urban centers marked by the red seal: Bari, Bologna, Campobasso, Frosinone, Latina, Palermo, Perugia, Rieti, Rome and Trieste.
In the case of Bari, Campobasso, Rieti and Roma, at least three days are expected from today with a maximum level of risk. As for the orange areas – risk only for the most fragile – there are nine today and tomorrow, and eight are expected on Thursday. With the heat, the emergency due to fires also increases, as for example in Calabria where the danger is for the Aspromonte Park and for Sicily the Madonia mountain range, located to the northwest of the island.
The most serious situation is precisely in the Sardinian province, where a fire is registered in the Montiferru fields on the island of Sardinia located in the Mediterranean Sea.
Today Minister Patuanelli visited with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Alessandra Todde, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Ilaria Fontana, the municipalities of the province of Oristano (Sardinia) affected by the fires.
In Calabria, the flames resumed in the Infernal Valley of San Luca, where the Unesco heritage beech forests (forests that are mainly made up of beech trees), which have already suffered fires in recent days, reported the president of the Aspromonte National Park , Leo Autelitano, specifying that another front of the fire is heading towards the park area that is an integral reserve.
“Planes are urgently needed on both fronts,” he explained, “otherwise the entire park will burn, causing an unprecedented catastrophe.”
In Sicily, Canadair planes have been in action since this morning in the Petralia Sottana area, as well as dozens of fire brigade crews and forest guard vehicles to protect homes. Furthermore, in Campania (south-western Italy) an arsonist was arrested, filmed by cameras in the town of Montesarchio, in the area of the province of Benevento.
Meanwhile, Spain is preparing to face an intense heat wave starting tomorrow, Wednesday, which increases the alert for the risk of fires throughout its territory.
According to the Spanish Civil Protection, in various provinces of the country (Huesca, Zaragoza, Lleida, Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, Jaén and Badajoz) the temperatures were between 37 and 41 degrees, a meteorological situation that is combined with an extreme risk of fires .
The authorities’ fear is that situations such as those that have occurred in recent weeks in Italy and Greece will be verified.