Fires in Pisa, Italy
Rome (From Reuters) - Hundreds of people were ordered out of their homes and Pisa airport was shut on Tuesday following a huge fire which swept wooded hills in Italy's central Tuscany region. Officials believe the blaze, which started late on Monday, was started deliberately on Monte Mario, which lies between the Tuscan art cities of Pisa and Lucca. Local authorities said some 700 people were told to leave their homes as a precaution in the towns of Calci and Vicopisano, while schools in the area were all shut. There were no immediate reports of injuries or of damage to properties. Some 600 hectares of woodland were destroyed and a large cloud of smoke cast a pall over Pisa. Two Canadair aircraft and four helicopters crisscrossed the skies, dumping thousands of litres of water on the fires, which were fanned by strong winds.
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These images acquired by Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 over central Italy, show the fires that have destroyed 600 hectares of woodland on Mount Serra. The fires have forced approximately 700 people to evacuate their homes. The fire began on 24 September and with flames fanned by strong winds, the fires were visible from miles away. These images processed in natural colour (bands 432) and in false colour (542 Landsat 8 and 843 Sentinel-2) show the large area destroyed. In the false colour images, the burnt areas are black, and in the natural colour images we can see the fires are still active with smoke plumes visible in the Landsat image.
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