Italy–– Italy suffered over 8,000 forest fires between January 1 and September 30, 2012. Ninety-seven thousand hectares of surface area was affected, of which forty-six thousand were forested and over fifty thousand hectares not forested. This was the tally drawn up by the 2012 Anti-Forest Fire Campaign on data reported by the State Forest Rangers as part of their preventative and anti-forest fire activities.
Comparing the data recorded last year for the same period, a significant increase in fires is seen, with 30% more than in 2011. As a consequence, also the surface area hit by the flames has risen (by about 158%), with forestland affected up by over 130%. . .