Two people died as a result of forest fires in France near Saint-Tropez

Two people died as a result of forest fires in France near Saint-Tropez
Two people died as a result of forest fires in France near Saint-Tropez
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Wildfires in the hills near the French coastal resort of Saint-Tropez have killed at least two people and injured 24 others, including five firefighters.

"The fight continues and the fire has not yet been contained," French President Emmanuel Macron said after visiting the area on Tuesday. "The coming hours will be absolutely decisive."

What has happened so far?

A total of 1,200 firefighters are trying to extinguish the flames of the worst fire in France, which has forced about 7,000 residents and tourists to flee their homes in the French Riviera region.

The fire killed at least two people and injured another 24, including five firefighters, local prefect Evans Richard said.

Firefighters used high-pressure pumps and airplanes filled with water to try to extinguish flames that were spreading rapidly due to strong winds and high temperatures.

On Wednesday, authorities did not report new evacuations, and 20 people had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire that broke out on Monday in the Plaine des Maures nature reserve has not yet been extinguished, a government spokesman said.

More than 7,000 hectares (17,297 acres) of forests, vineyards and an unknown number of wildlife were burned in just three days.

Frank Graciano, a spokesman for Var's fire department, said while the fire "did not spread" during Tuesday evening, "that does not mean it is under control."

"We will be doing the same basic work as yesterday, dumping water at critical points," added Graciano.

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