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Forest fires scorch N. Italy, force evacuation of hundreds

A firefighter hoses down a fire near Varese, northern Italy, early Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Switzerland is sending three helicopters to help Italian fire crews try to extinguish forest fires that have been scorching parts of northern Italy for days and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people. Authorities in Piemonte and Lombardy are seeking to have a state of emergency declared for their regions, which have been hit by an abnormally dry summer, little rainfall and winds that have helped spread the flames. The smoke has contributed to a huge cloud of smog, visible from space, that has covered the region for days. (Vigili del Fuoco/Italian Firefighters via AP)
October 30, 2017 - 8:29 AM

ROME - Switzerland is sending three helicopters to help Italian firefighters try to extinguish forest fires that have been scorching parts of northern Italy for days and have forced the evacuation of hundreds of people.

Authorities in Piedmont and Lombardy are seeking to have a state of emergency declared for their regions, which have been hit by an abnormally dry summer, little rainfall and winds that have helped spread the flames. The smoke has contributed to a thick cloud of choking smog that has covered northern Italy for days.

Visiting Milan on Monday, Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said the situation is critical, "especially concerning air quality," and said he hopes weather conditions will improve over the coming days.

Switzerland's three helicopters are joining Italy's fleet of water-dumping Canadairs.

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