Fires: flames near Saint-Tropez, thousands of evacuees

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– ROME, AUGUST 17 – Several thousand people, including many camping tourists, were evacuated as a precaution to the Var, inland from Saint-Tropez, due to the spread of a forest fire that started yesterday and which now 3,500 hectares of wood are involved. A spokesman for the fire brigade told AFP.

“Thousands of people have been evacuated as a preventive measure, but there are no casualties. About 750 firefighters are fighting the flames, which are still high,” he added.

The evacuations took place inland from Cavalaire and Saint-Tropez, particularly around the villages of Grimaud or La Môle, he said. The Var prefecture also confirmed the evacuation of several campsites and urged people to avoid the roads adjacent to the Gulf of Saint-Tropez “so as not to hinder rescue.

The evacuees were welcomed in the town halls. According to firefighters, the fire that broke out on Monday in the Sigues motorway area, on the A57, a hundred kilometers northeast of Toulon, is affecting 3,500 hectares of forest and scrub this morning, and with wind and heat it could spread further. (HANDLE).