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Last year second worst this century for fires in Italy

'40% in Sicily alone'

Last year second worst this century for fires in Italy

Brussels, August 16 - Last year marked Italy's second-worst year for fires so far in the 21st century, the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) reported Friday. With 130,814 hectares of land up in smoke in 2012, only Spain recorded more terrain lost to fire, leading Europe with 209,855 hectares of scorched earth. "Last year in the 28-member European Union, over 646,000 hectares of land were lost to fires, that is the amount lost in 2010 and 2011 combined," said Andrea Camia, a member of EFFIS. In Italy, 2007 was the worst year for forest fires this century, with 227,000 hectares up in flames, 40% of which was in Sicily alone.

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