Thousands of people evacuated, hundreds of firefighters fighting fire in the south of France

Thousands of people evacuated, hundreds of firefighters fighting fire in the south of France
Thousands of people evacuated, hundreds of firefighters fighting fire in the south of France
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Thousands of people have been evacuated since Monday in southeastern France to escape the rapidly spreading wildfire.

Evacuations in the coastal department of Var were carried out in the interior, in particular around the settlements of Grimaud and La Moll, near Saint-Tropez.

Twelve campgrounds have also been evacuated, the prefecture said.

The fire broke out on Monday in the Sigues motorway area, about 100 km northeast of Toulon.

By early Tuesday morning, he had walked 22 kilometers and burned 5,000 hectares of forest. About 100 houses were damaged.

About 750 firefighters fought the fire during the night.

In the morning, their ranks were replenished with another 150 firefighters, as well as 120 gendarmes sent to guard the territory.

Four firefighting planes, a helicopter and two Dash planes were dispatched to aid firefighters on Tuesday, dropping fire retardants.

The fire department said that "conditions are unfavorable: strong winds and high temperatures."

Var is one of only two departments that received a yellow warning on Tuesday morning due to extreme heat.

Several roads have been closed and authorities are urging people not to hinder emergency services from accessing operations.

Many Mediterranean countries have been hit by raging fires caused by scorching temperatures this summer, including Greece, Italy, Algeria, Spain, Turkey and Morocco.

Greece has burned more than 100,000 hectares of land in what Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called "the worst environmental disaster" in decades.

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