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Corsica fires destroyed more than 70 hectares of forest

July 10 2007

On the French island of Corsica about 200 firefighters will be up all night to put out forest fires have already destroyed 70 hectares of forest. According to firemen, at the dawn will come into place aerial firefighting calculations.

The fire broke out Monday afternoon because of the drought, which caused a prolonged 25-degree heat. To struggle with the elements were immediately thrown into ground and air fire calculations, but they do not have coped with the spread of fire in the pine forest, said the radio station France-Info ".

On firefighting worked nine special planes and three helicopters. 150 firefighters fought the fire on the ground. They managed to create so-called "wet zone" to be strengthened to prevent the spread of fire throughout the night.

Fire suppression is complicated by the fact that the zone of fire of pine forest Larichev located on the mountain and therefore difficult to obtain. The fire is spreading growing wind, say firefighters.

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