States of emergency declared in Piedmont and Lombardy as forest fires scorch northern Italy and force hundreds to flee

Forest fires have been raging across Piedmont and Lombardy in Northern Italy since about a month.

Both regions are now seeking states of emergency.

Hundreds of hectares have already been consumed by the fires aggravated by the strong, hot, and dry wind.

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Forest fires are devastating Lombardy and Piedmont in Italy. via Luca Perino
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Lombardy and Piedmont are seeking States of emergency. via Luca Perino

The army has been called in to assist the fire fighters, strengthening the supply chain to the front line of the blaze.

Moreover, Switzerland and Croatia have sent aircraft to help Italian firefighters battle forest fires that have scorched parts of northern Italy and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people.

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Hundreds have been evacuated after forest fires ravage northern Italy since a month. via Luca Perino
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Schools are closing in Lombardy due to heavy smog coming from forest fires. via Luca Perino

Interior Minister Marco Minniti held a crisis meeting Monday with emergency authorities in Turin, capital of the hard-hit Piedmont region, and said evidence points to arson as the cause for at least some of the fires.

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Firefighters are getting help from the army as well as Switzerland and Croatia to estinguish the severe fires. via Luca Perino
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Arsen may be responsible for many fires in northern Italy. via Luca Perino

Authorities in Piedmont and Lombardy are seeking to have states of emergency declared for their regions, which have been hit by an abnormally dry summer, little autumn rainfall and winds that have helped spread the flames.

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These are some of the worst wildfires in Piedmont and Lombardy. via Luca Perino
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Several hundreds of hectares have been burning in Lombardy and Piedmont during October 2017. via Luca Perino

Meanwhile amazing lenticular clouds formed over the Lago di Comabbio, in the Province of Varese, Lombardy, Italy on October 29, 2017:

The fires have contributed to a thick cloud of choking smog that has covered northern Italy for days and worsening air quality in larger cities – Turin and Milan. Consequently, 200 elderly were evacuated yesterday from a care-home, 30km west of Turin and schools are being closed in the western area of Lombardy.

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