Fires which have been ravaging southern Europe are being brought under control with countries left to count the cost in deaths and destruction. Spain has been the worst affected with twenty thousand hectares of land destroyed. Six firefighters have been killed.
The police have another person on suspicion of starting fires deliberately. Ten fires have been brought under control. The north east province of Aragon has suffered the most, thousands of people have been evacuated to safety.
In Italy eight new fires have been reported. The island of Corsica has also been badly hit — more than 5000 hectares of land have been destroyed. Fire fighting aircraft and helicopters have been brought into the battle against the flames. Police are investigating the cause of several fires.
With the death toll of the summer fires rising to eight and the land tinder-dry, the authorities in Italy, Spain and Greece have issued new warnings to avoid people starting fires.
Fires in Southern Europe coming Under Control