Strong Winds Blow Smoke from Fire by Savona, Italy44.3N 8.4E
Smoke from a fire near Savona, by the coast of northwestern Italy, blows southward over the Mediterranean Sea. Emergency services evacuated more than 250 people from their homes as strong winds fed a four-kilometre wide wildfire, local officials and rescue workers said.
People living in three villages around the Ligurian coastal town of Vado Ligure were evacuated. More than a thousand firefighters and emergency staff, backed by five water-bombing Canadair aircraft and two helicopters, were mobilised to fight the blaze which broke out early Sunday, Christmas day, and quickly destroyed 200 hectares (500 acres) of forest.