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Arsonists exploit wind to spread fear and havoc in Sardinia

Flames rage in pine forest on Mount Omu

Arsonists exploit wind to spread fear and havoc in Sardinia

Villacidro, August 20 - Arsonists overnight Monday exploited strong northern winds to wreck havoc, lighting fires in various points of a pine forest on Mount Omu in southern Sardinia, investigators said on Tuesday. Raging flames scorched hectares of woods and chaparral, reaching within dozens of metres of homes, spreading fear among residents and tourists through the night, and nearly causing the evacuation of a nearby hotel. Forest rangers, firefighters and civil-protection forces were still battling the fire on Tuesday.

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