Thousands Evacuated in South of France as Wildfire Grows

Thousands of tourists and residents have been evacuated from areas surrounding a wildfire in France’s southeastern Var department that broke out on Monday, August 16.

Evacuations were in place around the villages of Grimaud and La Mole, in the countryside west of Saint Tropez. Twelve campsites were evacuated, the local government said, and one was lost to the flames.

Fueled by extreme heat and strong winds, the fire had burned 5,000 hectares by the early hours of Tuesday, August 17. More than 1,000 personnel, with air support, were deployed.

Footage posted on Instagram from La Garde-Freinet shows smoke rising from the fire. Credit: Nico Salto Del Giorgio via Storyful

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