French firefighters fight wildfire in southern Barr

On August 16, 2021, smoke erupted from a large wildfire in the Var region of southern France. Photo taken on August 16, 2021. Securite Civile / Handout via REUTERS

August 17, 2021

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Myriam Rivet

Paris (Reuters)-French firefighters blocked by strong winds on Tuesday to contain a rapid wildfire in a tourist area south of Var as a campsite was evacuated by a recent summer flame around Southern Europe. fought.

In recent weeks, extreme heat waves have hit much of the Mediterranean region, and wildfires from Spain to Turkey have raised unpleasant questions about global warming and readiness.

French officials have urged people to stay away from the flames that struck the village of Gonfaron, about 50 km (30 miles) west of the Riviera town of Saint-Tropez, and near the coast, such as the La Croix Valmer and Grimaud.

According to the Var Provincial Office, one of the campsites was burned overnight and at least six were evacuated. Paramedics spokesman Alexander Juassard said some locals were told to stay indoors with wet sheets under the doors instead of escaping to prevent road disruptions. rice field.

“Incredible speed”

A water plane and 900 firefighters worked on the flames that started late Monday.

So far, about 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres) of land have been burned down, according to the Var Provincial Office.

“The fire spread incredibly fast and incredibly strong,” Mark Etienne Lansade, the mayor of Kogolan, a town in the region, told BFM TV about so far. He added that 100 homes were attacked.

The Var Fire Department tweeted an image of the bright red sky in flames early on Tuesday.

Interior Minister Gerald Dalmanin said he would visit Gonfallon and send the necessary reinforcements.

Authorities urged people not to drive around the area, known for its beaches and coastal towns. They were also advised that President Emmanuel Macron avoid the axis between Bormes-les-Mimosa and Saint-Tropez during his summer vacation.

Elsewhere in the region, two wildfires struck by strong winds near Athens on Monday forced the village to evacuate.

(Reported by Richard Lough, Sudip Kar-Gupta, Myriam Rivet, Sarah White, edited by John Stonestreet and Andrew Cawthorne)

French firefighters fight wildfire in southern Barr

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