Forest fires in France disrupt traffic

17th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

MONTAUROUX, France, July 16, 2007 (AFP) - A fast-moving forest fire shut down a highway in southern France on Monday, as another fire caused disruptions on a highway near the Greek capital Athens, firefighters said.

MONTAUROUX, France, July 16, 2007 (AFP) - A fast-moving forest fire shut down a highway in southern France on Monday, as another fire caused disruptions on a highway near the Greek capital Athens, firefighters said.

The French fire destroyed nearly 500 hectares (1,235 acres) and shut down a major highway along the French Riviera, but there were no reports of injuries or house damage.

The fire crossed a national highway near a petrol station in the Adrets de l'Esterel area in Provence.

Some 370 firefighters, six small airplanes and helicopters were deployed, while investigators were on the scene looking into whether a timber company's work in the area had caused the fire, police said.

It was the fourth large fire to hit the Var department of France in recent weeks, with the previous three destroying more than 800 hectares.

Meanwhile outside of the Greek capital, strong winds fed a fire on Mount Hymette, causing traffic disruptions on a highway southeast of Athens, firefighters said.

Clouds of smoke could be seen from the capital as more than 100 firefighters, assisted by small airplanes and helicopters, battled the blaze. The cause remained unknown.


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