Fresh fires in southeast France

Fresh fires in southeast France
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On Sunday, new fires broke out in the south-east of France, injuring firefighters and forcing the partial closure of a motorway.

A fire in the south of Nîmes started on Sunday afternoon, injuring four firefighters, one of whom was hospitalised for burns. Also forcing the A9 motorway to close partially.

The Vinci motorway company declared the reopening of the motorway at 19:30. Commander of the local fire services, William Borelly, said that his team has high hopes of putting out the fire by Monday.

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Later on Sunday evening, about 35 hectares were destroyed in a fire that stretched roughly twenty kilometres from Marseille and was eventually contained by firefighters.

These flames are linked to the recent heatwave that has engulfed France, with temperatures ranging from 35 to 39°C forecast in the country's south on Monday.

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