About 400 campers had to leave a camping site in southern France last night due to a forest fire. More than 350 hectares have caught fire.
Local media reported that vacationers staying in part of the Huttopia camp site in Gorges du Verdon that had to be evacuated were taken care of in the nearby village of Castellane. Not every camp site has been evacuated. The camp is located near Nice.
French newspaper Quest France The fire was reported yesterday in Rougon, a village in Provence. More than two hundred firefighters were deployed to combat the fire, which spread over rough terrain. Between 9 pm and 11 pm, the camp was moved to safety. Today it will be assessed whether vacationers can return to the camp site.
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A forest fire also broke out in Ardèche, a few hundred kilometers from Castellane. Despite the efforts of more than six hundred firefighters and five firefighting planes, 950 hectares have already burned around the town of Aubenas, the French newspaper reported. Le Monde. In the vicinity of the tourist city of Fugoi, 350 people were evacuated, including 200 people from the camp. Last night, according to local authorities, the fire was largely under control.
France is experiencing a severe drought this month. Forest fires broke out in several areas. West of Bordeaux, many camps were evacuated due to large bushfires that were only brought under control after about two weeks. The fire service spoke of an “exceptional crisis.” It is unclear how the bushfires started last night.
French firefighters spent weeks putting out major forest fires near Bordeaux. More than 3,000 firefighters have been deployed:
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