Wildfire near French seaside resort of Argeles-sur-Mer contained, vacationers begin returning to campsites

After a wildfire scorched 1,235 acres of land near the coastal resort of Argeles-sur-Mer in southern France, travelers are now largely permitted to return to their campsites.

Aug 16, 2023 - 11:36
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Wildfire near French seaside resort of Argeles-sur-Mer contained, vacationers begin returning to campsites

Vacationers were mostly able to return to their campsites Tuesday after a wildfire ripped through 1,235 acres of land near the seaside resort of Argeles-sur-Mer in southern France, close to the border with Spain, authorities said.

Up to 3,000 vacationers on four campsites had been evacuated on Monday evening as a precaution. Authorities said Tuesday that the fire was contained overnight but remains under close surveillance.

Local firefighters said one of the campsites and one house were destroyed by the blaze.

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That has left about 350 to 400 people without accommodation, Rodrigue Furcy, head of the administration in the Pyrenees-Orientales region, told local radio France Bleu Roussillon.

They are being looked after by the Argeles-sur-Mer city hall, according to authorities.

More than 600 firefighters, 11 firefighting aircraft and three helicopters were deployed at the popular tourist area as a combination of extremely hot weather, drought and strong winds led the flames to spread rapidly, authorities said.

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