Forest fires ravage Corsica

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The Independent Online

Fires in southern Corsica have ravaged more than 15,000 acres of forest and brush, French authorities said today.

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

Some 200 firefighters continue to battle the fire that broke out last week. Seven firefighting planes were spraying the fires along with a helicopter today.

No injuries have been reported.

The firefighting brigade says it hopes the flames will be out by tomorrow.

France's Interior Ministry said yesterday that authorities have detained three people suspected of starting forest fires in Corsica.

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