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Massive forest fires rage in south of France

Massive forest fires rage in south of France

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At various places in the south of France, sun afternoon fires broke out. In total, more than 2,000 hectares of forest are destroyed.

In the Luberon, a French mountain range north of Marseille, went so far 790 acres lost.

In the area of Nice had residents to be evacuated. The village of Bastidonne in the region of Vaucluse, was the hardest hit, here it was 600 hectares of forest in flames. Other, smaller fires broke out closer to Marseille and near the river Var.

Also on the island of Corsica rages a fire. Here destroyed in the fire, according to French media estimated 1.500 hectares of forest. The environment of the city of Carros is affected.

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Massive forest fires on the Côte d’azur

Mistral wind

The fire was Monday afternoon easily spread by a strong mistral wind. The largest fire is raging in the area of Luberon, where more than a hundred firefighters have been deployed. Also, there are blushelikopters used.

The cause of the fires is still unknown. According to the authorities, the fires are still not under control, but the outlook is positive due to the weather conditions.

Huge forest fires in south of France

At various places in the south of France, forest fires have broken out.
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The fires raging in the Luberon, a French mountain range north of Marseille.
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In the Luberon are more than six hundred firefighters deployed to fight the fire.
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In the fight against the fire are also blushelikopters used.
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The fire could easily spread by a strong mistral wind.
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Also on the island of Corsica rages a fire.
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