Homes Destroyed and Thousands Evacuated as Wildfire Rages in Southern France

A wildfire burning in southern France led to widespread evacuations and destroyed several homes, according to the latest update from the Gironde Prefecture.

Nearly 6,000 people were set to be evacuated from across the Gironde region, from the sector of Belin-Beliet and the town of Belin due to the Landiras Fire, the Prefecture said.

The fire has burned approximately 6,000 hectares in the Hostens commune and destroyed 16 houses in several areas of the town of Belin-Beliet, according to the Prefecture. No injuries have been reported.

Sapeurs-Pompiers 33 posted aerial footage that it said showed the wildfire burning on the night in August 9 in Hostens.

“The previous night was particularly difficult for the firefighters and rescuers deployed in the Hostens sector,” the firefighters’ organization wrote on Facebook. “Fighting actions continue.” Credit: Sapeurs-Pompiers 33 via Storyful

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