Forest fires raging in southern Italy have claimed the lives of two people on a farm in Calabria.
The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered on a farm in San Lorenzo on Friday after the fire engulfed a stable and another building.
The couple were trying to save an olive grove from the flames, reports the Italian news agency ANSA.
Sections of southern Italy have been grappling with forest fires for days, with Calabria, Sicily and Puglia being the hardest hit.
Italian firefighters continue to tackle hundreds of forest fires on all fronts, even using eight firefighting planes, as meteorologists predict extremely high temperatures for days to come.
Temperatures are expected to reach 40 ° C on Sunday, then rise to 45 ° C, according to the meteo.it weather service.
Despite the heat and continued firefighting efforts, people continue to set fire to fields and woods, a popular agricultural method of clearing land.
Authorities have installed cameras in rural areas to capture those who deliberately start fires.
A sheep and goat breeder has been arrested in Campania after mishandling a lighter, police said.
Two hectares of oak forest, pasture and fallow land had burned down, and the man could be imprisoned for between four and 10 years.
Government figures suggest that over 57% of fires are caused by arson, while 14% can be attributed to negligence, such as when people throw cigarettes or light campfires.
Northern Italy is expecting thunderstorms this weekend, following a recent wave of flooding.
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