2022 forest fire season keeping Italian fire crews busier than usual

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The Italian fire brigade has been called out much more often for forest and bush fires so far this summer than last year, the emergency service said on Friday. Between June 15 and July 21, more than 32,900 operations were counted nationwide, about 4,000 more than in the same period last year, the fire brigade said. So far, firefighters intervened most frequently on the island of Sicily and in the Puglia region. A police officer, who is also a civil defence employee, died on Thursday in the municipality of Prepotto on the Italian-Slovenian border during firefighting operations. A number of deat…

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