• Short Summary

    FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE FRENCH MAINLAND WERE RUSHED TO THE ISLAND OF CORSICA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN ON TUESDAY.

  • Description

    FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE FRENCH MAINLAND WERE RUSHED TO THE ISLAND OF CORSICA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN ON TUESDAY. THEY WENT TO JOIN ABOUT FOUR THOUSAND MEN ALREADY BATTLING A HUGE BLAZE RAGING THROUGH THE FORESTS NEAR THE EAST COAST OF THE ISLAND.

    THE FIRE BEGAN BEFORE THE WEEKEND - AND BY TUESDAY MORNING IT WAS MOVING FORWARD ALONG A TWENTY MILE (30 KMS) FRONT OVER 24,000 ACRES (10,000 HECTARES) OF FOREST, BRUSHLAND AND MARKET GARDENS. FIREMEN - MANY WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK WITHOUT SLEEP FOR MOST OF THE WEEKEND - FOUND THEIR WORK HAMPERED BY WINDS WHICH AT TIMES REACHED 125 MILES AN HOUR (200 KPH).

    MAN VILLAGERS HAVE HAD TO ABANDON THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTIES TO THE FIRE - AND IT IS FEARED MANY MORE WILL HAVE TO BE EVACUATED BEFORE THE FLAMES ARE QUELLED.

    THE ISLAND HAS BEEN SUFFERING A SEVERE DROUGHT - NOT UNCOMMON HERE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. THIS, COMBINED WITH THE FRESH WINDS, HAS CAUSED THE FIRE TO SPREAD AT AN ALARMING RATE - AND PROMPTED THE CALL FOR HELP TO THE MAINLAND.

    PLANNED FOR THE FIRE FIGHTING OPERATION IS A WATER-BOMBING RAID BY AIRCRAFT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA97AB01O5B8OQD02I3LIWTQBXN
    Media URN:
    VLVA97AB01O5B8OQD02I3LIWTQBXN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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