Wildfire in Italy closes roads

Wildfire in Italy closes roads

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An Italian civil protection staffer hoses down water to extinguish a fire in San Pietro in Guarano, near Cosenza, Southern Italy, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Wildfires that have consumed vast swaths of southern Italy and forced the evacuation of hundreds of holidaymakers on Thursday claimed the lives of two pensioners trying to defend their property. (Francesco Arena/ANSA via AP)

Wildfires continued to ravage parts of central and southern Italy as authorities closed a road engulfed in smoke near the Lazio town of Ladispoli and evacuated campsites in Tuscany. Drivers could be seen stopping along the road and turning back as fire approached before authorities eventually closed it. Flames also caused disruption to beachgoers in Rome and forced evacuations near Paestum, in Campania, but the famed Greek temples were not in danger.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Croatia and Montenegro have been struggling to contain wild fires that have erupted along the Adriatic coast in the two countries at the height of the tourism season. In Croatia, the blaze spread on several locations along the coast and on the islands, engulfing pine forests and low shrubbery in extremely dry and windy weather. Firefighters were seen battling blazes that engulfed vineyards and roadside shrubbery in Sestanovac, near the Dalmatian city of Split. Near the coastal town of Sibenik, the fire almost reached houses but firefighting planes managed to stop the flames from spreading any further.