France dispatches hundreds of firefighters to battle a wildfire that broke out in Var in the south, where several campsites have been evacuated and people asked to avoid congesting the roads.
Thousands of people, including tourists in campsites, have been evacuated as a wildfire raged near the plush resort of Saint-Tropez in southern France, the fire service said.
Around 750 firefighters and water-dropping aircraft on Tuesday were battling the blaze in difficult conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds.
"Thousands of people have been evacuated as a precautionary measure, but there are no victims," a fire service spokeswoman said, adding that the blaze was "still very fierce".
Husband seen some firefighters in the distance as he and others try to secure vineyard firebreaks. We drove into flames trying to escape. pic.twitter.com/sBHSjbRKtO— Geeta Guru-murthy (@Geetagurumurthy) August 16, 2021
Fire covers large part forest
France is just the latest of a number of Mediterranean countries to be hit by extreme weather and wildfires, which climate scientists warn will become increasingly common because of man-made global warming.
The quickly spreading fire, which broke out Monday about 100 kilometres from the Mediterranean city Toulon, has already covered more than 3,500 hectares of forest and scrubland as of Tuesday morning, according to the fire department.
Evacuations have mainly taken place around Saint-Tropez and the villages of Le Mole and Grimaud, according to the fire department spokeswoman.
Mediterranean hit with fires
The Var prefecture confirmed that several campsites were evacuated and asked people to avoid congesting the roads around the Gulf of Saint-Tropez so that the emergency services can access the area.
Wildfires have already flared this summer around the Mediterranean basin, including in Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Algeria, and Morocco.