Fire Spans 600 Hectares of Italian Forest

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A forest fire in the central Italian region of Tuscany now covers over 600 hectares of wild forest, causing the evacuation of some 500 people.

“It was confirmed by the local firefighting services that the fire started from Pisa to surrounding territories. The strong winds quickly spread the fire through. On Sep. 25, 80 fire-fighting brigades were mobilized, and about 50 volunteers and two planes joined to help eliminate the fire,” European Truth reported.

According to the head of the fire-fighting department of Tuscany, the disaster could have been caused by arson. He said that evacuated citizens will not be able to return back home at least for a day, as a risk assessment is underway.