French crews tame dramatic wildfire on Mediterranean coast

French crews tame dramatic wildfire on Mediterranean coast

French crews tame dramatic wildfire on Mediterranean coast

People EN masse are evacuated.

Large swaths of Mediterranean forest have been left bare and blackened after three days of fires.

Firefighters were at full stretch protecting houses and hamlets, sometimes stopping the blaze a few metres from homes as the flames swept towards the resort of Bormes-les-Mimosas. About 60 people were evacuated by boat from nearby Cap Benat. He traveled to Bormes on Wednesday night, flew over the devastated region and met with firefighting personnel. "I'm not scared anymore", she said. "Like me, you feel the wind is blowing", the prime minister said.

Fires also were blazing across parts of bone-dry Portugal and Italy. A sailing club near Bormes-Les-Mimosas has sheltered 200 people, including tourists.

"First, it was a bit the panic", Roparse said. The town of Bormes tweeted a call for donations of towels for the evacuees staying in the local gymnasium.

French officials blamed arsonists yesterday for the wildfires on the Riviera that have forced thousands of residents and holidaymakers to flee to emergency shelters.

Firefighters said they were exhausted and needed more manpower and equipment.

Investigators have been working to identify the origins of the fires.

Southern France is particularly vulnerable to fires, with its dry vegetation and large forests.

Around 160 firefighters and more than a dozen fire engines are battling the blaze in Biguglia
Around 160 firefighters and more than a dozen fire engines are battling the blaze in Biguglia

Colonel Eric Martin of the Var firefighting unit said on BFM-TV that almost 600 firefighters were trying to contain the flames that have torn through 1,300 hectares (3,210 acres) of woodland in his area alone.

The Civil Protection Agency reports it has deployed more than 1,100 firefighters and 23 water-dropping aircraft to 13 blazes. About 800 hectares of back-country forest had burned by morning.

CNN reported that at least 12 firefighters were injured and at least 15 police officers have been affected by smoke inhalation since Monday.

Over 6,000 firefighters, troops, soldiers and civil security soldiers have been involved in the effort to tame the blazes.

The blaze at Serta, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, is believed to have charred more than 25,000 hectares of woodland.

More than 70 percent of Portugal is enduring a severe drought.

One wildfire last month in Portugal killed 64 people.

With 19 special fire fighting planes, and about two thousand firefighters.

Local fire chief Philippe Gambe de Vergnes later said the fire had been contained.

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