Almost 2,000 holidaymakers and residents in the south of France were evacuated when forest and scrubland went up in flames.
Three campsites were cleared as a precaution as the flames took hold around Le Muy, halfway between Marseille and Cannes. Among those taken to safety was a 104-year-old woman. No-one was hurt, and once the fires were brought under control, the holidaymakers were allowed back. Firefighters on Spain’s Canary Islands were helped by a dramatic drop in temperature and the easing of strong winds. They had been battling flames on La Palma since Friday, when temperatures were nearly 45 celsius. One resident, who lost livestock in the fire, said: “The most important thing is that no-one was killed. There was no personal damage – all the material losses can be re-built.” Some 4,000 people were moved to safety on Saturday, and about 50 houses were lost, but Spanish media reported that many evacuees were able to return to their homes over the weekend. Officials reckon 3,000 hectares of forest has been destroyed on the island.