Heat and fires. For days Italy has been burning and struggling to get out of the grip of the fires and, unfortunately, of the dead. Thanks to the torrid climate and the wind, it doesn’t take much to see hectares of wood and Mediterranean scrub go up in smoke. Sicily, Calabria and Sardinia the most battered regions, which recorded the greatest damage. In the last 12 hours alone, 528 interventions were carried out by the firefighters committed to coping with the fire emergency: 230 in Sicily, where the situation is “under control”, with 84 teams at work; 100 in Calabria, with the “greatest criticalities” are recorded in Reggino, Catanzaro and Cosentino. In flight 5 Canadair.
Another night of flames was spent in Sicily, in the municipalities in the province of Palermo, in particular on the Madonie, in Polizzi Generosa, Castellana Sicula and Geraci Siculo. From this morning, forests and Mediterranean scrub are also burning in Petralia Sottana and Petralia Soprana.
In the villages on the Madonie, Pietro Macaluso, mayor of Petralia Soprana, had to sign an evacuation order for the houses on the South East ridge and in part of the South West one. Dozens of displaced people are reported: “We pulled them out of their homes by force,” says the mayor. The fire, as mentioned, also reached Geraci Siculo, always on the Madonie, and even in the area of Monreale, at the gates of the capital, and then, again, in Enna.
The Church against arsonists
By now “it is unacceptable to submit to the pyromaniac hand of those who obey speculative logic believing that economic profits can be made from the destruction of flora and fauna without considering the defenseless nature of our greenery, our animals, our livelihood”. Because it is certain that the problem regarding the human being, but in the Church of Francis this has not only fallen in the community of his fellow men and in society, but above all it is in creation, in the environment. The current Church is much greener than it was until a few years ago: it is its new anthropology. Two years ago, Bergoglio himself had the opportunity to say: «the remaining forests are threatened by fires, poaching, uncontrolled cutting of precious wood. Plant and animal biodiversity is at risk due to smuggling and illegal exports ».
The situation in Calabria
«There are 59 active fires in Calabria. A decrease compared to yesterday, but the situation continues to be serious ». This was stated by the president of the Calabria Region, Nino Spirlì, «who received – according to a press office note – the new Calabria Green report on active fires in the region. Yesterday the regional council formally asked the government to declare a state of emergency ».
«Of the 59 fires recorded this morning – continues President Spirlì – 12 are interfaces. The teams involved in the extinguishing operations are in all 70. The regional air vehicles are currently operating in the municipalities of Isca sul Ionio, Cardeto, Longobucco and Orsomarso, those of the State in Bagaladi. More specifically, there is a canadair in each of the municipalities of Isca, Cittanova, San Luca, Mammola, Aiello. An army helicopter is active on Mendicino. The greatest criticalities are recorded in Reggino and, precisely, in the Bagaladi / Cardeto, Grotteria / Mammola / Martone, San Luca and Cittanova areas ». “In condemning, once more, the infamous action of the arsonists – concludes Spirlì -, I cannot fail to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the regional and national rescue teams who are doing their best to bring back this emergency”.
In two weeks, over 100,000 hectares of forest and agricultural land have burnt down in Greece. This is a record from the deadly fires of 2007 that devastated several regions of the country. It emerges from the updates of the European information system on forest fires (Effis). To suffer the worst consequences, with more than half of its surface burned, was Evia. “The fires in the country are still very destructive and have a rare level of intensity,” said Mark Parrington, of the EU climate change monitoring service Copernicus.