Tourists urged to be ‘extremely vigilant’ after wildfire forces thousands to flee French campsites

France campsite fire
By Linsey McNeill
16/08/2023
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Thousands of tourists were forced to flee from at least four campsites in the south of France after a wildfire took hold in the Pyrenees region.

One of the sites on the French-Spanish border is understood to have been destroyed, with holidaymakers unable to return to collect their belongings.

The fire has since been brought under control, but several regions of France remain under the threat of more outbreaks, and the Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has asked that locals and holidaymakers be ‘extremely vigilant’.

In total, more than 3,000 tourists and residents were forced to evacuate four campsites and two housing estates near Saint-André and Argelès-sur-Mer, just south of the city of Perpignan, on Monday.

Several firefighters were injured, one seriously, as they worked to bring the blaze under control.

Train services between Perpignan and the Spanish border were temporarily suspended and some roads were blocked.

Campers were able to return to all but one of the campsites on Tuesday, but other regions in France, including the Savoie and Haute-Savoie on the French-Swiss border, have since been given an orange heatwave warning.

The Ain and Isère departments have been on heatwave watch since Sunday, while Rhône, France’s third-biggest city was added to the alert list on Saturday.

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