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Strong Winds Blow Smoke from Fire by Savona, Italy

44.3N 8.4E

December 29th, 2011 Category: Fires

Italy - December 25th, 2011

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.

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