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Plume of Smoke from Fires Near Genoa, Italy, Spreads Over Sea – September 9th, 2009

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September 9th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Italy fires - September 8th, 2009

Italy fires - September 8th, 2009

Close-up of fire

Close-up of fire

Widespreading fires near Genoa, Italy, have burned hundreds of hectares of forest and threatened several nearby homes. Here, a plume of smoke from the fires hooks southwest over the sea. The port city of Genoa is visible on the coast near the fire.

One fire that burned through the area between Nervi and Quarto was set by four people attempting to burn an unwanted heap of wood, while another around Apparizione was started by a sole individual.

Although the situation has improved over the last few days, the battle to put out the flames isn’t over yet. Several aircraft continue to dump seawater and flame-retardant liquids upon the fires that are still ongoing.

No evacuations have been ordered, although firefighters and volunteers are continuing to keep a close eye on critical areas where flames came close to homes overnight.

Also of note in this image, moving down the coastline from Genoa, are sediments spilling into the sea near the cities of La Spezia and Viareggio. Offshore, the large island of Corsica and the smaller island of Elba are visible in the lower right quadrant. Further inland, Lake Garda can be seen in the Alps at the top right, with the city of Milan to its southwest and the city of Turin further west.

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