After days of fire many parts of southern Europe the flames are slowly being brought under control.
In Sardinia, one of the worst affected areas, first estimates put the cost of the fires at around eighty million euros. Two people have died and the authorities have started an arson investigation. Sicily too has been hit but cooling temperatures and decreasing winds are making the fire-fighters job easier. All the countries bordering the Mediterranean have been touched by the flames. Fire services on Corsica have had to fight several outbreaks. Around six thousand hectares of scrub and forest have gone up in flames. Fire fighters helped by locals have been fighting three blazes which broke out two days ago. Three people have been arrested suspected of fire raising. In Spain most of the fires have been brought under control but already more land has been destroyed by fire this year than the whole of 2008… and six firefighters have died. Emergency services remain on maximum alert.