There are mega wildfires burning forests around the globe right now. Here two disastrous examples from the US and Sardinia, Italy.
I have some friends going there on vacation. It’s going to be Hell! Massive wildfires have ravaged tens of thousands of hectares on the Italian island of Sardinia. Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze as it rages for a third day straight, with Rome asking the EU for help.
More than 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forest and land have been devastated on Sardinia as wildfires raged through the Montiferru region in the island’s west. The outbreaks also stretched east to the province of Ogliastra.
Videos published on social media showed walls of fire moving along the mountain slopes in Sardinia and closing in on some settlements, as plumes of black smoke blotted out the skies overhead. Firefighting aircraft water-bombed the blaze just meters away from homes, the footage showed.
Over 1,500 people have been evacuated from their homes on the Italian island of Sardinia as fires ravaged around 20,000 hectares pic.twitter.com/TyRNTZrOTl
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Other videos showed partly burned buildings with blackened walls and caved-in roofs. Thousands of local residents and tourists were evacuated across the island as the authorities sought to protect them from the looming catastrophe.
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It’s a disaster
“It’s a disaster,” said Diego Loi, the mayor of Santu Lussurgiu town, after ordering 60 people to evacuate on Sunday. “And we fear the worst,” he added.
Sardinian shepherd Dante Casula, who managed to save his flock of 400 sheep but lost two horses and a shed as well as 180 bales of hay to the blaze, described the fires as “an ordeal, hell.”
The region’s governor, Christian Solinas, called it “a disaster without precedent” as he introduced a state of emergency on Sunday.
Hundreds of animals burned alive
No deaths or injuries have been reported so far but hundreds of sheep, goats, cows and pigs died in the blaze as they were trapped in barns at farms in the wildfires’ path.
On Monday, the fires that raged over the weekend were still raging close to at least 13 Sardinian towns, despite the efforts of at least 11 firefighting aircraft and fire crews on the ground.
The emergency services’ efforts have been hampered by the strong and hot winds still blowing through the island. On Sunday, Italy asked European nations for help tackling the fires and particularly called on them to send specialized firefighting aircraft. In response, the EU agreed to send four Canadair planes to help Italy. Two of them were provided by France and another pair by Greece.
Megafires in Nevada and California
The same strong hot winds are fueling huge wildfires in California and Nevada.
Fire crews are battling extreme temperatures as they try to control wildfires in both states. Thousands of people have been evacuated.
In Washington DC, the moon turned a bright orange colour due to the smoke from the fires.
2021 is hot like Hell! I feel it burning! [RT]
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