Forest fires in many parts of southern Europe are being brought under control — but authorities remain on maximum alert.
In Sardinia falling temperatures have helped firefighters get to grips with four large fires. Two people have died on the Italian island and authorities are putting the initial cost at about eighty million euros. Other regions in Southern Italy, however, are still in flames, with 3 fires in Sicily and Calabria. A large number of Southern European countries have been ravaged by infernos. In Spain, where six fire fighters paid with their lives, the majority of the fires have been contained. Nevertheless, emergency services are still battling a blaze in Majorca. Already more land has been destroyed in Spain by fire this year than the whole of 2008. France has also witnessed several outbreaks on the island of Corsica and authorities remain vigilant around the Southern city of Marseilles. In all, 8 people in Southern Europe have died as a result of the forest fires in the last few days.