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Thousands evacuated as wildfires spread in southwestern France

France, like the rest of Europe, continues to experience a heatwave, with the latest wildfires sweeping through the country’s southwest.

Officials believe the fires are the result of previous fires still smoldering in the area’s peat soils. (AP)

Massive wildfires in the Gironde region of southwestern France have destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents.

More than 1,000 firefighters assisted by hydrogen bombers fought the fire on Wednesday.

Over 60 square kilometers were destroyed and the fire is still out of control.

France, like the rest of Europe, is suffering from successive heat waves and the worst drought on record.

There are dozens of wildfires raging across the country, including at least four major fires.

Local Gironde officials described the blaze as “pervasive”. Firefighters said more evacuations were possible.

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Camille DeLay fled her hometown of Hostense with her partner and son on orders from emergency services late Tuesday as a wall of fire rapidly approached.

Before boarding the plane, the couple obtained insurance documents for their two cats, chickens, and home.

“Everyone in the village climbed onto the roof to see what was happening. Within 10 minutes the smoke was a little twisted and huge.

The Gironde suffered massive wildfires in July that destroyed more than 200 square kilometers of forest and temporarily displaced about 40,000 people.

Officials believe the fires are the result of previous fires still smoldering in the area’s peatlands.

Fires were also raging in the southern divisions of Lozere and Aveyron. Another fire destroyed more than 12 square kilometers in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.

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Source: TRTWorld and institutions

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