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  World   Europe  05 Aug 2020  Thousands evacuated as forest fire rages on in Southern France

Thousands evacuated as forest fire rages on in Southern France

AFP
Published : Aug 5, 2020, 2:17 pm IST
Updated : Aug 5, 2020, 2:17 pm IST

Some 1,800 firefighters are battling the blazes, which broke out on Tuesday afternoon, fanned by strong winds

A picture taken on August 4, 2020 shows three Canadair bomber planes of the French Securite Civile flying past a column of smoke, as wild fires broke out in La Couronne, near Marseille. (AFP)
 A picture taken on August 4, 2020 shows three Canadair bomber planes of the French Securite Civile flying past a column of smoke, as wild fires broke out in La Couronne, near Marseille. (AFP)

Marseille: Around 2,700 people have been evacuated, some of them by boat, to escape forest fires that were raging Wednesday across a vast area near the southern French city of Marseille, officials said.

Some 1,800 firefighters are battling the blazes, which broke out on Tuesday afternoon, fanned by strong winds.

 

The fires have ravaged about 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vegetation and are threatening residential areas and campsites near the coast, the fire service said.

No casualties have been reported, "but material damage has still to be evaluated," it said.

The blazes are not yet under control, but lighter winds are expected later Wednesday.

Eight campsites near the towns of Martigues, where the fire erupted, and Sausset-les-Pins have been evacuated "as a preventative measure", the fire service said.

Some of the tourists at the sites were taken by boat and are being looked after by local authorities.

A care home for the elderly was also evacuated.

 

A second blaze in the same region broke out near an industrial park, and raged across 120 hectares, damaging a house and several businesses.

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