Factories, village evacuated as wildfire breaks out in south-west France

French firefighting aircraft drops water over burning forests near Vogue, Ardeche, southern France, on July 27, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - A wildfire has spread along the Ardeche river in the south-west of France covering 750 hectares in one day, according to local authorities, causing evacuations.

Since the fire broke out early Wednesday (July 27), two factories in the small town of Lavilledieu have been evacuated as well as an animal refuge and camping sites. The village of Vogue is currently being evacuated.

"The fire broke out between 8.30 and 8.45 and has progressed very very fast due to strong wind," the mayor of Lavilledieu, Gerard Saucles, told BFM TV.

There are 450 firefighters working to put the fire out and evacuate those at risk.

Earlier this month, wildfires burnt through more than 20,000 hectares in the south-western region of Gironde as France and the rest of Europe experienced record-high temperatures.

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