Corsica fire flares up again, new blaze controlled in south

Corsica fire flares up again, new blazecontrolled in south

2 July 2005


AJACCIO, France – One of two fires that swept through 3,000 hectares (7,400acres) on the French island of Corsica over the past two days flared up again,officials said.

Firefighters meanwhile quickly brought under control a new blaze that erupted inthe south of the Mediterranean island.

The fire which officials said was deliberately set late Thursday in Balagne flared again in two locations, but firefighters on the ground and aircraft dropping water prevented the flames from reaching the villages of Zilia and Lumio.

Aircraft were also diverted to southern Corsica to douse a fire that broke out near the island’s main city of Ajaccio.

There were no reports of people injured or loss of property in the recent outbreak of fires in Corsica.

Corsica was particularly hard hit during a wave of fires in recent days fanned by strong winds that also hit southwestern France.


A Canadair drops its load over Zilia village in Balagne, Corsica as a fire burns…


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