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Italy: L'Aquila declares state of emergency as wildfires approach city03:43

Italy: L'Aquila declares state of emergency as wildfires approach city

Italy, L'Aquila
August 4, 2020 at 20:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Wildfires continued to burn in the Arischia pine forest next to the residential area of L'Aquila on Tuesday, resulting in the local authorities declaring a state of emergency.

Firefighters and civil protection volunteers could be seen in the area preparing to battle the fire, while helicopters and aircraft could be seen dropping water on the blaze next to the city.

"They worked like crazy. I think they did a lot today because they managed to intervene from the ground," said a resident commenting on the firefighters' efforts to combat the fire.

The blaze, which started last week, has reportedly destroyed several hundreds of hectares of woodland and vegetation. The cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate, but is still under investigation, according to local reports.

Italy: L'Aquila declares state of emergency as wildfires approach city03:43
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Wildfires continued to burn in the Arischia pine forest next to the residential area of L'Aquila on Tuesday, resulting in the local authorities declaring a state of emergency.

Firefighters and civil protection volunteers could be seen in the area preparing to battle the fire, while helicopters and aircraft could be seen dropping water on the blaze next to the city.

"They worked like crazy. I think they did a lot today because they managed to intervene from the ground," said a resident commenting on the firefighters' efforts to combat the fire.

The blaze, which started last week, has reportedly destroyed several hundreds of hectares of woodland and vegetation. The cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate, but is still under investigation, according to local reports.

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