BORDEAUX: Thousands more were evacuated from their homes in southwestern France on Monday as a bushfire continued to rage in the area, local officials said.
Firefighters were unable to bring the blaze under control near Dune de Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune and a tourist hotspot in the summer, where rapidly changing winds have increased the risk of it spreading to other areas. residential areas were already engulfed in toxic fumes, they said.
“Smoke is toxic,” a spokesman for firefighters Arnaud Mendousse told AFP. “Protecting the population is a matter of public health.”
About 5,000 people have been evacuated from Les Miquelotsa neighborhood south of town Teste-de-Buchwith another 3,000 were asked to leave Pyla-sur-mer, to the east.
The blaze is one of two major wildfires to erupt since the beginning of last week in Girdonde the southern region of Bordeaux when parts of France were sweltering under record temperatures.