In the southern region of France, a wildfire is now raging, and it has already caused the destruction of four homes, as well as the burning of 1,300 hectares of land. As a result, 540 people have been forced to evacuate their homes.
A fire broke out on Monday in the Medoc region, which is known for its wine production, and is now being fought by around 350 firemen and six aircraft.
According to statements made by the prefect of the Gironde department on Tuesday, “four residences and other structures have been burned.”
During the summer, France, along with the rest of Europe, was forced to deal with heatwaves and a drought, both of which contributed to the outbreak of a number of wildfires across the continent.
According to data from the European Forest Fire Information System, more than 60,000 hectares, or 230 square miles, have been consumed by fire in France so far this year, with the majority of the damage occurring in the southwestern region of the country. This figure is six times the full-year average for 2006-2021.