(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Wildfires were still rampaging across southeastern France, with
several firefighters injured and thousands of residents evacuated,
citing Reuters .
In the mountains of Diois in the department of Drome, wildfires
that broke out on Friday are still not stabilized. Three
firefighters have now been injured and 180 hectares of land
240 firefighters were mobilized to bring the wildfires under
control. However, local authorities say that due to shifting winds,
the fires are spreading towards homes located downhill.
Aerial fire brigades were mobilized to help the firefighters
located at the bottom of the summit.
Meanwhile, 140 kilometers away in the mountains of Chartreuse in
the Isere department, wildfires broke out on Friday due to
lightning. Local media reported that 130 hectares of land were
burned, and three firefighters were injured out of 380 who were
mobilized to tackle the blaze, along with the aerial fire
The wildfires are not stable but no progression has been
reported since Tuesday morning, said local authorities. Meanwhile,
170 people were evacuated on Sunday, and several roads are still
Additional wildfires in the departments of Lozere and Aveyron
that broke out on Monday evening burned over 700 hectares of land,
and over 3,000 people had to be evacuated. According to Le Figaro,
more than 600 firefighters were deployed on Tuesday morning.
The fire in Lozere broke out on Monday evening due to an
agricultural engine scraping tar from the road in the city of
The extreme drought and heatwave in France have also contributed
to the wildfires.
The villages of Riviere-sur-Tarn and Mostuejouls, and campsites
in Aveyron were also evacuated.
'The flames were a few hundred meters away, the gendarmes and
firefighters came to tell us to evacuate, we all had to leave
during the night,' bed and breakfast owner Gabin Castro told Le
According to the European Forest Information System (EFFIS),
more than 47,000 hectares of land have been burned in wildfires in
France since the beginning of the year.
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