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More funds needed to combat fires, says civil protection

Blazes continue throughout Italy, nearing 2011 levels

More funds needed to combat fires, says civil protection

(ANSA) - Rome, August 22 - Franco Gabrielli, head of Italy's civil protection agency warned Wednesday that the fire-fighting authorities "cannot guarantee the continued use of Canadair aircraft (to combat the flames) with the funds allotted for 2013". Gabrielli said that approximately 1,490 the hectares of vegetation have been destroyed by flames since the beginning of August compared to 1,600 hectares for the entire month of August last year.

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