firefighters battle wildfires; 1 dead, others evacuate

(AP) — Firefighters are battling wildfires on multiple fronts in southern , including one blaze in Puglia that left at least one person dead.

Firefighters said Saturday they had sent up three Canadair aircraft to dump water on a wildfire raging in Tortoli, Sardinia, that forced the evacuation of a beach and some homes.

Canadairs were also deployed over a forest in Puglia's Gallipoli, near a beach and a protected park. Firefighters said a burned body was discovered during land-based operations.

Wildfires are common during 's dry, hot summers.

The Italian farm lobby Coldiretti said Saturday that 2019 has been particularly bad, given a dry start to the year and one of the hottest months of June on record. Coldiretti warned of agricultural losses from fires, heat and extreme weather that included orange-sized hail raining down.

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