EU sends four firefighting planes to help tame fires in Sardinia

EU's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in close contact with the Italian authorities, Commissioner Janez Lenarcic says

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The European Union is sending four forest firefighting planes to Sardinia in response to a request from Italy to help tame fires that have swept across parts of the island, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people, news wires reported.

Two of the Canadair planes, amphibious planes used to pick up water to drop on fires, are provided by France from the European Civil Protection Pool and two by Greece from the resources of the rescEU programme, the European Commission said. Seven Canadair aircraft were already at work in the area, the Italian civil protection authority said.

The wildfires have hit the area of Montiferru, in the centre-west of the island, because of a heat wave with over 4,000 hectares burnt and 355 people evacuated.

“The EU's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre remains in close contact with the Italian authorities to monitor developments on the ground and coordinate any further assistance as needed,” Janez Lenarcic, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said.

To date, all Member States participate in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, as well as Iceland, Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey, EC Press service recalls. Since its inception in 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has responded to over 420 requests for assistance inside and outside the EU. To date, all EU Member States participate in the Mechanism, as well as Iceland, Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey. Since its inception in 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has responded to over 420 requests for assistance inside and outside the EU.

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