TE24 International Desk:
“The fire continued to burn throughout the night due to the strength and speed of the wind,” fire department spokesman Yiannis Artopios said in a televised statement.
Strong winds should continue through Wednesday afternoon.
Last year, Greece endured its worst heat wave in 30 years, and wildfires destroyed nearly 300,000 acres of forest and scrub in various parts of Greece.
In Italy, firefighters in central Tuscany battled a wildfire near the city of Lucca for a third day, destroying about 560 hectares (2.15 square miles) of forest, officials said. About 500 people were forced to evacuate
Regional governor Eugenio Gianni said on Twitter that flames reached several villages overnight and exploded several LPG tanks. “The wind has strengthened some fronts,” he added.
In northeastern Friuli Venezia Giulia, residents were told to stay indoors on Tuesday after wildfires broke out in the Kalso region, which borders Croatia and Slovenia.
State-owned shipbuilding company Fincantieri FCT.MI has been forced to close its factory in the port city of Monfalcone, which employs 3,000 people.
In France, where firefighters in the southwestern Gironde region have been battling a massive wildfire since July 12, Agriculture Minister Marc Fesno has invested more money in tackling such threats. I said I need it.
“We are dealing with a very unusual situation,” he said, referring to the damage in Brittany and southern France.
President Emmanuel Macron was due to visit the Girondin region on Wednesday. Local officials said the French heat wave had moved east, weather conditions had improved and the fighting had brought the fires under control.
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