In southern France, about 750 firefighters were busy fighting several large forest fires last night. Previously, the region had to deal with a heat wave and a period of drought. Several thousand people, including tourists staying in camps, were evacuated as a precaution in the French region of Var.
Thousands of people were evacuated as a precaution, but there were no injuries. About 750 firefighters are battling these fires, which are still intense.” The Var County Prefecture confirmed the evacuation of several camp sites, especially in the Grimaud region.
“All support to the 750 firefighters deployed to protect residents tonight,” French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter on Monday evening. Darmanin, who spoke of the “bad weather,” plans to visit Gonvarun, in the affected area, on Tuesday.
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About 430 firefighters were mobilized for a single fire in Gonfaron, in the mountains near Saint-Tropez. The civil defense said firefighting planes supported them until dark. According to BFMTV, the fire was ignited by high winds and has already destroyed about 2,800 hectares. Many rural roads have been closed.
The Marseille Fire Department had earlier tweeted that about 100 firefighters and 40 vehicles had been sent to a blaze in a mountainous area outside the city. Since this was an uninhabited area, there was no immediate danger to the residents.