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Fires in the Var: 12,000 evacuees, 1000 hectares on Fire

About 12 000 people were evacuated in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in the Var due to another fire that burned at least 1000 hectares near Bormes-les-Mimosas.

“The fire’s gone midnight in Londe-les-Maures and progressed towards Cape Benat. The virulent side of the fire is now at the Cape Benat. Evacuations, at least 10,000, followed the progress of the fire. This is a residential area that double or triple its population in the summer “ , said the fire department of Var, on Wednesday morning.

The prefecture of the Var was her state in a release of about 800 hectares burned, because of a violent fire spread by wind. Five hundred and forty firefighters are engaged including reinforcements from the Alpes-Maritimes, the Eastern area of ​​Marseille and Ardèche.

Wind gusts from 60 to 70 km/h

Evacuations of campsites and homes took place in Bormes (10 000 people campers 3000) with the support of common Bormes, of La Londe-les-Maures and Lavandou. Aerial resources are mobilized for 07 h, 4 trackers and a dragon 83, said the prefecture.

“The wind, gusting 60 to 70 km / h” and should “down a notch (gusts of 40-50 km / h) in the morning” , do we added the same source.

Two other large fires have affected the Var during s last two days. The situation was under control Wednesday morning at La Croix Valmer, near the coast, plagued by a violent fire yesterday that destroyed about 500 hectares.

The expected reinforcements in the day

However, a new assessment reported 1600 to 1700 hectares burned in the town of Artigues, West department, where firefighters reinforcements are expected in the day.

Since Monday, the fires continue to multiply in the southeast of France, on the Mediterranean coast and Corsica, burning more than 4 000 hectares in two days.

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