(ANSA) – ROME, JUL 06 – Today the crews of Canadair and helicopters of the State Air Fleet, coordinated by the Civil Protection Department, were engaged from the first light of the day in the operations of extinguishing the numerous forest fires for which air support to the operations carried out by the ground crews was essential.
According to the data available at 18.00, 19 requests for air competition received by the Unified Air Operations Center of the Department, of which 6 from Sicily, 4 from Calabria, 4 from Puglia, 2 each from Lazio and Basilicata and one from Umbria.
“The intense work carried out by the pilots of the aircraft has made it possible to put under control or extinguish, so far, 6 fires.
The activities of launching water and retardant and extinguishing liquid will continue as long as the light conditions allow to operate safely “, reports the Civil Protection who adds:” It is useful to remember that most forest fires are caused by superficial behavior or, often , malicious and that the cooperation of citizens can be decisive in promptly reporting the first signs of a possible forest fire to the emergency number of the National Fire Brigade 115 or, where activated, to the single emergency number 112 “. (ANSA ).