Wildfires on France’s Mediterranean coast during peak holiday season

Published on : Wednesday, July 26, 2017

france wildfireParts of the French Riviera were evacuated as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people as reported by the local police.

 

Hundreds of fire fighters in the Riviera region of southern France and on the island of Corsica have battled against wind-whipped blazes that have left some of them injured. Almost 12,000 people have been forced to evacuate the area.

 

French holidaymakers evacuated from one campsite said they had been moved at around midnight and welcomed by volunteers at a gymnasium with mattresses, some of which were donated from a local nursery school.

 

With strong winds and dry brush creating a dangerous mix, the government asked its European Union partners to send two extra firefighting planes – a request immediately fulfilled by Italy, according to the EU. But one union official denounced what he said was a lack of spare parts preventing all the aircraft required from being put into action.

 

Many tourists have shared the images of the firefighting planes circling over sandy beaches and pink sunsets punctuated by smoke clouds.

 

Portugal, meanwhile, which last month suffered deadly forest fires, has been battling fresh blazes since Sunday in the centre of the country, forcing the evacuation of about 10 villages.

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