No n are yet entirely extinguished fires in Sicily, where on Thursday they have developed extensive fires throughout the eastern area and the Tyrrhenian coast of the island favorites from heat and strong gusts of sirocco sirocco. The wind dropped and temperatures, that yesterday in some areas exceeded 46 degrees, favored the shutdown operations, however, are continuing. The emergency is slowly returning, as confirmed by
the operations center of the Regional Civil Protection.
Summit this morning, in the prefecture in Palermo, to take stock of the situation between the Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, the secretary to the presidency of Claudio De Vincenti Council and the head of the Department of Civil Protection Fabrizio Curcio. At the meeting, it turns out, also attended by representatives of local institutions and the prefects of the affected areas.
In Palermo, the crisis unit set up at the Prefecture still reports some fires on the top of Monte Pellegrino, in the area where several television repeaters are installed and where at the moment is operating a Canadair. Teams of firefighters were in action to extinguish the last outbreaks also charming Poggio, a residential complex on a hill in the southern area of the capital where last night the residents had been evacuated as a precaution. A dense cloud of smoke instead continues to rise from the seaside village of Arenella, where the flames have devoured the abandoned warehouses of the former Arenella Chemistry. Other fires affecting San Martino of the stairs, near Castellaccio, and Geli Plan, but the situation is generally referred to as “under control.”
The most difficult situation along the Tyrrhenian coast from Messina and the Nebrodi: numerous fires have developed in the municipalities of Capo d’Orlando, Militello Rosmarino, Nose and cons as well as possible partial closure of the highway, in the direction of Palermo, which has now been but reopened. Are still broken some sections of State Road 113. In the area are operating since yesterday two Canadair. Two other planes of the same type have been engaged in Castellammare del Golfo in extinguishing a large fire in the district of the Mouth carob. In the area of Cefalu, where yesterday he had been evacuated the Hotel Costa Verde, they were not yet fully tamed the fires in the locality Settefrati. Other fires are reported in Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa) and Roccalumera, along the Ionian strip of Messina.
In Palermo, finally, two Canadair are at work on Monte Pellegrino, the promontory overlooking the Gulf of the city,
and San Martin of the stairs.
Still problems with regard to traffic: reopened the stretch dell’A20 Palermo-Messina in Cefalu area, between Buonfornello junction and Castelbuono, closed yesterday morning because of the flames that lapped the motorway. The artery is not yet fully viable because another stoppage covers the section between Brolo and Rock of Caprileone, towards Palermo. Even the SS 113 is interrupted in both carriageways between Capo d’Orlando and Rock of Caprileone.
Inconvenience even in the rail links: the biggest problems are recorded on the Palermo – Messina, between Termini and Sant’Agata di Militello, which are still underway to restore the connection works. RFI announced that it is not yet possible to make a prediction about the service reactivation time. The connection is guaranteed at this time between Sant’Agata and Palermo with substitute bus. This morning were rather restore your shortcuts Palermo – Termini Imerese and Messina – Sant’Agata. In addition, the Palermo – Catania and Palermo -Agrigento services are insured with the performance of all scheduled races and without limitations.