France: Thousands Evacuated As Wildfires Continue

France: Thousands Evacuated As Wildfires Continue

Emergency teams have evacuated more than 10,000 people in southeastern France because of wildfires. Many of the people evacuated are tourists, who were visiting the popular region of Cote d’Azur.

The wildfires have spread across the land and hundreds of firefighters have been sent to the area. The country recently asked its neighbors for help to stop the fires, which are burning areas along the Mediterranean coast. AFP spoke to one fire official who said that the evacuations of 10,000 people followed the continuation of the fire. The official also said that it is an area that doubles or triples its population in summer. The firefighters have been in the area since Monday but have not been able to extinguish all the fires. One official confirmed that 12 firefighters had been injured and that 15 police officers had been affected by smoke inhalation. Emergency teams are also using water bombers to reduce the flames.

The thousands of tourists were evacuated at night and were told that the area was not safe. According to one tourist who spoke to the BBC, they were evacuated at around 2:00 a.m. local time. She added that the thousands of tourists left the campsite and stayed on the beach for the rest of the night.

The evacuations come a day after France asked its neighbors for help with the fires. The fires, which broke out earlier this week, have burned thousands of acres and threaten to burn more as strong winds and high temperature have fueled the flames. One tourist told CNN that he was on the beach but went back because the fires were getting worse. Pictures taken by tourists show water bombers helping stop the fires in the mountains. In Londe-les-Maures, the fire began at around 11 p.m. and has not been stopped. More than 500 firefighters are currently in the area.

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