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Campsites Evacuated As Fire Breaks Out In France

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On Tuesday, campsites full of vacationers were evacuated as French firefighters struggled from containing a fast-spreading wildfire on Tuesday in the hills surrounding Saint-Tropez, a report said.

According to the report, local media informed that 900 firefighters and planes carrying water were on hand to tackle the blaze which started late Monday night at a highway service area.

The French fire that ravaged several villages in the south Var region spread quickly overnight. High winds pushed the flames across 5,000 hectares (12.350 acres) of land and burned through about 3,500 homes.

The report mentioned Stephane Gady (mayor of La Mole), who said that they were “completely surrounded by flames”. The village is located near pine forests, close to the French Riviera. Gady said that his team almost became stranded when they were caught in the blaze at the village’s outskirts Monday night.

According to Gady, the Var, and other local authorities, no lives were lost, but approximately 100 homes were damaged. Grimaud’s campsite was demolished. The site was littered with charred mobile homes.

According to the Var prefect’s office, at least six other campsites were evacuated from the Var region, the report stated.

The report also mentioned Philippe Leonelli, another local mayor, who stated that Cavalaire, his seaside resort, was spared by the storm and was now housing some 2,000 people in nearby gyms and events halls.

Gerald Darmanin, Interior Minister, said he would go to Gonfaron and send any reinforcements.

Authorities advised people to avoid the area, which is known for its beaches as well as coastal towns. They were advised to avoid Bormes-les-Mimosas where President Emmanuel Macron spends his summer retreat, the report said.

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