Corsica fires ravage 6 000ha

2009-07-26 19:03

Ajaccio - Fires in southern Corsica have ravaged more than 6 000ha of forest and brush, French firefighters and rescue authorities said on Sunday.

Fires are continuing to burn in the Aullene region of southwestern Corsica.

About 200 firefighters are still battling the fire that broke out last week. Seven firefighting planes and a helicopter were used to douse the flames on Sunday.

No injuries have been reported.

France's Interior Ministry said authorities have detained three people suspected of starting forest fires in Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Under French law, those found guilty of arson can be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.