28th july: European Forest Fire Awareness Day

The Curraggia fire (1983)
The Curraggia fire (1983)

The Curraggia fire was a catastrophe that occurred on July 28, 1983 on the hill of the same name located southwest of the city of Tempio Pausania (Sardinia) and in the neighboring municipalities of Aggius and Bortigiadas.

The huge fire caused 9 deaths and 15 injuries among people trying to put it out. Among the various hypotheses on the causes that triggered the flames, the work of the arsonists is a certainty. The causes were the high summer temperatures of those days and the wind that blew impetuously.

The flames started from the sea, made their way through roads, woods and shrubs in the direction of Tempio Pausania up to the countryside of Bortigiadas and Aggius and then spread on the Curraggia hill, for a total of over 18,000 thousand hectares of land smoke.

On 28 July 2007, the anniversary of the tragedy, the date of the fire was declared European day of awareness against forest fires, by the European regions partners of the Interreg III C OCR Incendi Project, in memory of all the victims who fell in the fight against fire.

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