WorldSouth of France map: Wildfires mapped – maps of French Riviera, Corsica, Lubéron Express.co.uk 14 hours agoGETTY/GOOGLE French firefighters have evacuated about 10,000 people after the South of France was ravaged by the latest in a string of wind-whipped wildfires. The latest fires caused devastation in Bormes-les-Mimosas, near Saint Tropez on the French Riviera and in northern Corsica on Tuesday night.A huge wildfire also raged in the forests around Lubéron in the Vaucluse department, and in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the South of France.The village of Bastidonne, in the Vaucluse region, suffered the worst of the blaze, with approximately 600 hectares of forest consumed by the flames. RELATED ARTICLE‘Apocalypse’ fires RAGE across France and Corsica sparking evacuationFrance fires: Is it safe to travel to the south of France?More than 2,000 firefighters and 19 water-bomber aeroplanes have been deployed to tackle the out-of-control flames across Southern France. At least 12 firefighters have been injured, with 15 police officers suffering from smoke inhalation, according to officials.The French Riviera is experiencing an exceptionally hot and dry summer, making it far more susceptible to wildfires. Wildfires have ravaged the French Riviera and CorsicaMap showing where wildfires are most likely to break outActress Joan Collins was forced to flee her Saint Tropez villa as the fire ripped through the luxury holiday resort.The 84-year-old tweeted: “Luckily we were able to evacuate last night, not easy with 11 people in the house! We are all okay.“Thanks everybody for good wishes about our safety in fire, all seems ok although fire still burning started by BBQ.”A local British camper staying in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur told the BBC that tourists were told to remain on the beach because the campsite was no longer safe. Plane helps to battle intense wildfires in Corsica 2,000 firefighters have been deployed to tackle the fires She spoke about seeing planes scooping water from the sea before heading back into a “the pool of smoke”. About 100 people were also evacuated from Mirabeau village in Vaucluse and residents have been forced to flee their homes in northern Corsica.French authorities have closed major roads and railways after a wildfire caused chaos near the glitzy Croix Valmer resort in Saint-Tropez.
World Wildfires force French Riviera evacuations Yahoo News Photo Staff 10 hours ago Wildfires force French Riviera evacuationsFlames and smoke fill the sky above a burning hillside as tourists swim on the beach in Bormes-les-Mimosas, in the Var department, France, July 26, 2017. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Côte d’Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday.A raging wildfire began late Tuesday in the dry Mediterranean forests around La Londe-les-Maures before being pushed by the mistral winds to Bormes, a tourist magnet with houses clustered on a hill surrounded by dense forests of scrub and trees.The local Var Matin newspaper reported that 12,000 people were forced to take refuge in gymnasiums and other places, including thousands of campers. It said some people sought safety on local beaches. (AP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
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