Hundreds of firefighters, supported by planes that drop water, are fighting a large wildfire in southeastern France, forcing them to evacuate nearby villages.
Thirteen firefighters were injured in the village of Boldezak, where the fire broke out.
According to France Info, wildfires broke out in the area for several days, injuring a total of 18 firefighters.
Weather such as droughts, heat and strong winds has complicated efforts to contain flames in the guard area, but the outlook was “better”, according to the fire department on Friday.
The other small fires were extinguished.
According to the service, more than 1,500 acres have been burned so far.
More than 900 firefighters and two planes fought the flames, evacuating nearby villages and closing highways.
Laurent Joseph, chief executive officer of the adjacent Bouches-du-Rhone region, told BFMTV that he hoped the authorities would deal with the fire “for a few days.”
The fire threatens the Cevennes Mountains, a mountainous region that is partly protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that crosses most of southeastern France.
The French National Meteorological Office issued a warning on Friday to several neighboring areas about the danger of fire, and the Ministry of the Environment warned citizens of that area to pay attention to the danger of fire.