Six injured, hundreds evacuated in Riviera fires

5th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, July 5, 2007 (AFP) - Hundreds of residents and holidayers were allowed to return to their homes and campsites on the French Riviera Thursday after they were evacuated overnight due to forest fires, authorities said.

NICE, France, July 5, 2007 (AFP) - Hundreds of residents and holidayers were allowed to return to their homes and campsites on the French Riviera Thursday after they were evacuated overnight due to forest fires, authorities said.

Six people including a firefighter were injured in the fires that spread across three fronts on Wednesday, mobilising more than 1,000 firefighters and police.

Some 1,800 vacationers were forced to leave six campsites in the seaside resort of Roquebrune-sur-Argens Wednesday evening, some of whom spent the night at a local hall before returning to their sites on Thursday.

About 900 residents of the towns of Mandelieu-la-Napoule and Theoule-sur-mer also found shelter in municipal auditoriums overnight but were allowed to go back home.

Firefighters managed to contain the flames Thursday morning after the wind died down, but more than 2,000 hectares of pine forests were ravaged as well as a few houses.

A major highway was shut down for several hours, bringing some 700 trucks to a halt, before it was reopened in the early hours on Thursday.


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