Thousands of people evacuated and camp sites evacuated in southern France: ‘The fire is still under control’

Firefighters near Gonfaron.Image via Reuters

About 750 firefighters were deployed to fight the blaze in the Var region in southern France. According to the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, everything is being done to protect the population in the region.

The area is also a popular holiday destination for many Dutch people. Holiday maker Martin of Heeswijk-Dinther at the Brabant camps in Grimaud, France, sees firefighting planes flying directly above him. “Last night was terrifying. Only sirens can be heard. Planes are flying over the trees here. We can smell fire.”

De Brabander has yet to order the evacuation, but says he is “prepared for it”. “The firefighting planes have been busy since it was light. They take about four or five minutes and then they go again. Getting water from the Bay of Saint-Tropez.”

Several firefighting planes were deployed to control the blaze, which started in the late afternoon of Monday. The fire spread quickly due to the drought in the area and strong winds. According to the Ministry of the Interior, 5,000 hectares of forest have already been burned. This amounts to about ten thousand football fields. there according to the world Thousands of residents were evacuated as a precaution. About 1,200 people live in gyms and colleges.

“Our favorite holiday spot is on fire,” Dutchman Mattel Sanders lamented on Twitter about the fires in Jassen, Grimaud and La Croix-Valmer.