36,000 people evacuated as two massive fires rage in southwestern France

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Two massive wildfires that have raged in southwestern France over the past week have evacuated at least 36,000 people from their homes and burned 20,600 hectares of land, French media reported.

During a visit to the fire areas in Gironde, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a major national project to replant trees and regenerate damaged forests, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting the French channel. BFM TV.

Macron called the firefighters heroes and thanked the French for their solidarity with the police and firefighters of the Gironde department in bringing the blaze to an end.

He described the forest fires that broke out on July 12 as “one of the most serious” in French history, and the country’s firefighting air units the “most modern in Europe”.

Firefighters have indicated that the fire vigilance alert will be extended in Gironde until October.

Local authorities told BFMTV that the two fires were brought under control on Tuesday evening and that the increase in humidity in the coming days will help extinguish the flames.

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