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EU mobilises planes to fight forest fires in Italy
Brussels, Belgium - In addition, the EU's emergency Copernicus Satellite mapping system is also helping the Italian civil protection authorities
The European Commission has helped mobilise 3 aircraft (2 Canadair and a reconnaissance plane) through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism's voluntary pool of assets, following a request for assistance from Italy to battle forest fires in the country. In addition, the EU's emergency Copernicus Satellite mapping system is also helping the Italian civil protection authorities. This is the second time this summer that Italy has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for forest fires. The Commission's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is closely monitoring the situation in Italy and the forest fire risk across Europe.