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© Reuters. On July 30, 2021, a fire broke out at Le Capannine Beach in Catania, Sicily, Italy. This photo was obtained from social media on July 31, 2021. Roberto Viglianisi/via Reuters

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Milan (Reuters)-Italian firefighters said on Saturday that they were fighting a wildfire in Sicily for the second day in a row. The wildfire spread to the town of Catania, forcing people to leave their homes and the local airport was temporarily closed.

The firefighters said on Twitter that they had conducted 250 operations in Sicily in the past 24 hours, of which 50 were in Catania alone. This city famous for its Baroque architecture is located on the slopes of Mount Etna on the east coast of the island.

The fire hit the area of ​​Catania facing the sea and destroyed the local beach resort of La Capanina, where social media pictures showed that beach chairs and umbrellas were scorched.

According to local media reports, as the temperature approached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), hot winds ignited flames across the island, and a fire broke out in the province of Palermo, causing the ashes of the Sicilian capital to rain.

Earlier this week, the fire engulfed various regions of southern Europe, including the southern regions of Spain and Turkey, and also destroyed the Italian island of Sardinia.

In order to control the fire in Sardinia, Italy was forced to ask the EU for help. The EU sent four forest firefighting planes on Monday, and more than 350 people were evacuated.

The Italian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said on Saturday that nearly 20,000 hectares (49,420 acres) of land in Sardinia had been damaged by fires that killed animals and destroyed century-old forests.

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