Just five kilometres from the Italian city of Genoa, a large forest fire is burning.
In the air and on the ground, a full-scale emergency operation is underway in the Liguria region on Italy’s northwest coast. The wildfire is spread over 800 hectares. Despite huge swathes of land being destroyed and the close proximity of Genoa, authorities say the situation is now under control. The fear, however, is that the wind will pick up, fanning the flames. The forest fire has been raging since Sunday. Overnight, 18 firefighting teams battled the blaze, their efforts enabling villagers to stay in their homes without a mass evacuation. Parts of southern Italy have also been hit by wildfires, some of them suspected cases of arson.