Forest fires engulf southwestern France

20:03 10 August Kyiv, Ukraine

Thousands of people have been evacuated in the southwest of France due to a large forest fire.

It is reported by Le Figaro.

Several fires broke out over the weekend, and France is experiencing a new heat wave that could be the biggest this summer.

The fire is raging in the departments of Landes and Gironde, where there was also a big forest fire last month. According to local authorities, 3.5 thousand people had to leave their homes in the Gironde department, including residents of the municipalities of Hostin and Saint-Magne. In the Landes - several hundred evacuees.

Meanwhile, 6,000 hectares of forest have already burned down, authorities say. In the town of Belin-Belley in the Gironde, 16 houses were destroyed. 300 firefighters were called in to extinguish the fire, two of them were injured.

In the Gironde, more than 20,000 hectares of forest were reduced to ash by two large fires last month.. In addition, about 3,000 people were evacuated on the night of Monday to Tuesday due to a forest fire in the municipality of Mostuezhul. Among them were a large number of camping guests.

Forest fires in France are partially caused by the fact that residents do not follow the rules, a commission of inquiry of the French Senate concluded last week. In risk areas, people need to remove bushes within a radius of 50 meters around their own home, but not everyone does this.. This allows fires to spread faster.