Forest / Wild Fire in Italy on July 11 2017 02:36 PM (UTC).
At least 700 tourists in Sicily were the latest to be displaced by the hundreds of wildfires raging across Italy.A threatening wildfire forced many of the tourists to flee the seaside resort of Calampiso, located on the northwestern tip of Sicily, by boat on Wednesday. BBC News reports that around 700 tourists were evacuated, while The Local claims the figure is closer to 1,000. Approximately 10 people sought medical care at the hospital for smoke inhalation, but none of their conditions were serious. Firefighters had control of the fire on Wednesday evening, The Local stated. However, the fire service reported that crews were still battling 476 wildfires across Italy on Thursday morning. During the first weekend in July, another blaze on Sicily killed dozens of farm animals and destroyed farms. A series of fires, suspected to have been started by arsonists, on Mount Vesuvius near Naples left tourists stranded while also forcing several evacuations this week, according to The Morning. The winds shifted for a time on Wednesday morning, bringing thick smoke and dangerous air quality into Naples. The mayor of Naples has called for a national state of emergency to be declared, according to The Local. Virginia Raggi, mayor of Rome, said forest fires in the municipality have almost quadrupled compared to the same time last year. Several months of above-normal temperatures and scarce rainfall have resulted in ideal conditions for wildfire development and growth across Italy. Following another hot and dry day on Thursday, temperatures will dip slightly across central and southern Italy on Friday and Saturday as the chance for thunderstorms increases. While any rainfall will be beneficial, there will be a threat for new wildfires to form due to frequent lightning.
A huge blaze has broken out on the slopes of Italy's Mount Vesuvius and near the city of Naples, prompting an evacuation of tourists and local residents for the second time in a week. The huge pillars of smoke from fires raging through the forests on the slopes of Vesuvius rose to more than 2 kilometers up in the air and were also 2 kilometers wide at the top, AP reports. Clearly visible from Naples, the smoke deceived some people into believing that the volcano was erupting. The local weather channel 3B Meteo compared images of the fires with pictures of the volcano's most recent eruption in 1944, which destroyed three villages. Many tourists, who were visiting the famous archeological site of the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii, not far from Naples, also witnessed huge clouds of smoke darkening the skies. Some local residents turned to social media to say that ash from the fires fell in many neighboring towns. Italy has faced a large number of fires, following months drought and heat, and the situation is most serious in the south. More than 600 firefighters and Civil Protection workers were tackling at least 100 active fires in the Italian region of Campania, where Vesuvius is located, on Tuesday. Sicily has also been particularly severely hit by fires in recent days, with two large blazes breaking out at Enna near the center of the island and Messina at its most northeastern point, the Local reports.