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France Riviera wildfires force mass evacuation in region

Jul 26, 2017, 6:58 AM EDT
(Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region/flickr)
(Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region/flickr)

About 10,000 people were forced to flee their homes and campsites overnight after raging wildfires hit south-eastern France engulfing some 4,000 hectares of land in flames near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country's Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

More than 4,000 firefighters and troops have been deployed to contain the blaze along the Mediterranean coast, which sees its population swell by two to three times during summers, writes the BBC.

This year, the region is experiencing an unusually hot and dry spell of summer, which combined with strong winds is posing a big challenge for the firefighters, notes The Telegraph.

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