Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 13:47
Hundreds evacuated from path of wildfire in southern France
France has mobilised 1,500 firefighters to tackle wildfires in countryside north of Marseille that have gutted buildings and forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes.
Whipped up by strong winds, the blaze has spread over 2,260 hectares of scrubland, grass and some wooded areas, according to firefighters.
"We haven't seen a situation like this for a very long time," the fire service said, first calling the wildfires "out of control" but later describing more favourable conditions in the night.
Homes were destroyed in the town of Vitrolles, some 30 kilometres north of Marseille, with more than 1,000 people forced to seek shelter in local sports centres.