Several vacationers have fled to sea at the seaside resort of Bibione on the Adriatic in northern Italy due to a forest fire and were rescued by the coast guard there. According to media reports, a fire broke out yesterday in the popular area frequented by vacationers.
Several fire brigades and a firefighting helicopter battled the blazes on the border between the regions of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The operation continued on Saturday.
‘It shouldn’t be missing’
Videos showed how the fires devoured trees and thick smoke billowed into the sky, which can be seen from miles away. “We hope that it will not be canceled in the coming hours, but there should be no missing persons,” said San Michele Deputy Mayor Al Tagliamento Pierluigi Grosseto. Police are investigating the cause of the fire. Because of the drought, Grossetto says, it’s possible that the flames were igniting on their own. Troops fought four fires.
There is no end to the heat in southern Europe
People in large parts of southern Europe will have to wait in vain to recover from the heat and drought over the weekend. As the wind is blowing hard and it has been dry in many places for a long time, there is no end in sight to the bushfires. A state of emergency is still in place in Portugal, and France has now received support from abroad to put out the fire.
Experts warn: If strict climate protection measures are not taken and implemented, these extreme weather events will become the new normal.
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