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Forest fires have spread through the mountains of southeastern France; thousands evacuated

Forest fires were still raging in southeastern France, with several firefighters injured and thousands of residents evacuated.

In the Diois mountains in the Drôme department, the forest fires that broke out on Friday have still not stabilized. Three firefighters were injured and 180 hectares of land burned, the French daily Le Figaro reported on Tuesday.

No less than 240 firefighters were mobilized to bring the forest fires under control. However, local authorities say that due to changing winds, the fires are spreading to houses below, Xinhua news agency reported.

Aerial firefighters were mobilized on Tuesday to help the firefighters located at the bottom of the summit.

Meanwhile, 140 kilometers away in the mountains of Chartreuse in the Isère department, forest fires broke out on Friday due to lightning. Local media reported that 130 hectares of land were burned and three firefighters were injured out of 380 who were mobilized to fight the blaze, along with aerial firefighters.

The wildfires are not stable but no progress has been reported since Tuesday morning, local authorities said. Meanwhile, 170 people were evacuated on Sunday, and several roads are still closed.

Other forest fires in the departments of Lozère and Aveyron which broke out on Monday evening have burned more than 700 hectares of land and more than 3,000 people have had to be evacuated. According to Le Figaro, more than 600 firefighters were deployed Tuesday morning.

The fire in Lozère broke out on Monday evening due to agricultural machinery scraping the tar on the road in the town of Massegros.

The extreme drought and heat wave in France also contributed to the forest fires.

The villages of Rivière-sur-Tarn and Mostuejouls, as well as campsites in Aveyron were also evacuated.

“The flames were a few hundred meters away, the gendarmes and the firefighters came to tell us to evacuate, we all had to leave at night,” Gabin Castro, owner of a bed and breakfast, told Le Figaro.

According to the European Forest Information System, more than 47,000 hectares of land have burned in forest fires in France since the start of the year.

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