Wildfires rage in French tourist hotspots of Provence and Corsica


A series of massive wildfires are raging across parts of southern France and Corsica, in areas popular with tourists.

Up to 900 hectares of forest has been engulfed in flames, threatening homes on the island of Corsica, off the southern French coast.

A further 860 hectares has been ravaged by a blaze in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region.

Meanwhile, a few miles south of the tourism hotspot of Saint-Tropez, residents were forced to flee from their homes as the area became blanketed in smoke from a forest fire.

Four firefighters have been injured battling the blazes in the Riviera region.

In Corsica, around 160 people were fighting a fire in the Biguglia area aided by more than a dozen fire engines, authorities said.

Local official Gerard Gavory said three firefighting planes were also involved, and were “surveying the area to make sure no homes are affected”.

Another fire on the south of the island destroyed 110 hectares of forest around the town of Aleria before being brought under control on Monday.

Fire chiefs in the Vaucluse department told AFP news agency they had been unable to keep the flames under control on Monday night.

But on Tuesday morning, Apt official Dominique Conca told Le Dauphine newspaper that, while firefighters were still working to keep homes safe, the fire was contained.

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Source: Sky News