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Huge wildfires rage on Corsica, hundreds of visitors evacuated

Staff Writer | August 13, 2017
Scorching temperatures and high winds were culminating on the French island of Corsica on Saturday, with hundreds of holidaymakers forced to flee and further blazes predicted.
Corsica wildfires
Weather   Dry conditions have fuelled fires
Almost 1,000 people had to leave Corsica during the night, with 2,000 hectares of scrubland destroyed, though no human casualties were reported.

Dry conditions have fuelled fires in recent weeks, The Local reported.

A man suspected of starting five fires in Bastia, a town with a population of 40,000 in the island's northeast, was arrested late Friday, an official said.

At Cap Corse, the most northerly point where the fire had spread overnight into Friday, the situation has been stabilised but the blaze remains rampant in the Sisco commune.

"It's hell," Christian Burchi, a 50-year-old Sisco resident said late Friday. "We tried to extinguish the flames with two buckets of water and a ridiculous hose. Everywhere is burning."