Evacuations by sea as high temps fuel wildfires in Sicily

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MILAN (AP) — Firefighters on the Italian island of Sicily battled dozens of blazes fueled by high temperatures, prompting the region’s governor to request assistance from Rome.  Some 150 people trapped in two seaside areas in the city of Catania were evacuated late Friday by sea, where they were picked up by rubber dinghies and transferred to Coast Guard boats.  The Catania airport also was briefly closed to give precedence to helicopters and planes battling the flames on Saturday. The wildfires also affected Palermo province, where high temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (over 104 degrees Fahrenheit) and gusts of hot wind fanned the flames.  

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