Sardinia in state of emergency over forest fires

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Sardinia has declared a state of emergency over the forest fires that have been raging on the island for two and a half days.

A blaze in the province of Oristano has burned over 20,000 hectares of land, damaging properties too, and left 1,500 people unable to access their homes.

There are forest fires in Sicily too.

Fire-fighters are pitched against a huge blaze that is devastating countryside in the area of Erice.

See also: EU Sends Four Fire-Fighting Planes To Tame Sardinia Fires

Photo: A handout photo made available by Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian National Fire Brigade, shows firefighters during extinguishing operations of a fire burning in the Scano di Montiferro comune, in the Province of Oristano, Sardinia Island, Italy. EPA-EFE/VIGILI DEL FUOCO HANDOUT