(France fires) 600 firefighters fight flames in tourist region

World | 26 Jul 2017 7:38 pm

Firefighters have stepped up their battle against flames lapping at Mediterranean forests in the picturesque French hilltop town of Bormes-Les-Mimosas, where at least 10,000 people were evacuated. 

Colonel Eric Martin, of the firefighting unit in the Var region of the Cote d'Azur, said that nearly 600 firefighters were trying to contain the flames that had run through 1,300 hectares of Bormes, a magnet for tourists in southeastern France. At least 3,000 of the evacuees were campers. 

The Bormes blaze was morphing into the largest in the area. Firefighters also were fighting a large blaze in nearby La Londes-Les-Maures (pictured). The Toulon airport to the west was briefly closed. -AP

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