4,400 hectares of forests destroyed by wildfires in southeast FranceChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 2, 2019
Wildfires have ravaged forests in the southeastern region of France, consuming 4,400 hectares so far this year due to dry and hot summer season, local media reported on Thursday.
Europe Wildfires in southeast France
Early this week, wildfire spread over 30 hectares of land in Var, triggering the deployment of 300 firemen and seven aircrafts including Canadair water bombers.
"Drought and weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires. Our vigilance is maximum for the coming days," French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted.
"I call everyone to the responsibility: the risk ...is extreme," he said.
Wildfires, often started by arsonists, are frequent during the summer in southern France, the country's second main tourism destination after the capital Paris.
Green activists have warned of high risk of wildfires as summers become hotter and drier due to global warming, if nothing is done to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. ■