Hundreds of people evacuated their homes as wildfires spread in France

Officials said on Friday (July 15) that hundreds more people had been evacuated from their homes as wildfires continued to rampage in southwestern France.

Since Tuesday (July 12), more than 1,000 firefighters, supported by nine water bombers, have been fighting to master the scorching heat, crater conditions, and two flames fueled by strong winds. ..

“The situation is still at a disadvantage,” said Girondin officials, whose flames are raging.

According to officials, the fire burned 7,300 hectares, a total increase of 2,000 hectares overnight.

“We have developed a strategy to stop the fire’s starting line on a daily basis today. At this time, we cannot guarantee that it will work,” said Olivier, a local rescue officer. Charatte said.

Wildfires also raged in Portugal, Spain and Croatia, burning homes and threatening livelihoods as much of Europe was burned by heat waves and temperatures rose to mid-40 degrees Celsius.

One of the two Gironde fires broke out around the town of Landiras, south of Bordeaux. There, 4,200 hectares were burned down, roads were closed, and an additional 480 inhabitants were evacuated, bringing the total to nearly 1,000.

The other flame had already burned 3,100 hectares and was located along the Atlantic coast, near Europe’s tallest dunes, Dune du Pila. Sky.

When visiting the Wildfire Crisis Center in the Interior Ministry of Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “We are currently experiencing a season like no other in terms of strength.”

“Three times as much forest is already burning compared to 2020. There were both very dry springs and strong fires,” he added.

About 6,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding campsites on Wednesday, and another 4,000 were evacuated on Thursday.

Three homes and two restaurants were destroyed overnight in the area, officials said.

(Reuters) Hundreds of people evacuated their homes as wildfires spread in France

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