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The fires in the southwest of France reach the coast


Flames from the blaze that raged across southwestern France on Sunday have reached the coast, showing no signs of abating.

According to the Gironde prefecture, the two fires combined have burned more than 11,000 hectares (27,182 acres) of forest. The burned area is equivalent to the size of Paris.

A video on Twitter showed the massive flames and smoke engulfing the forests adjoining the coast at La Teste-de-Buch.

More than 3,400 hectares of land have been destroyed by fire here.

In Landiras, where nearly 7,500 hectares (18,533 acres) of forest have been burned, the authorities carried out new evacuations of 2,100 people on Sunday evening in the town of Cabanac, the Gironde prefecture said on Twitter.

More than 1,200 firefighters, 4 Canadairs and 2 Dash water bombers are still trying to contain the fires.

Firefighters are struggling to quell the blazes due to a combination of wind movement and high weather temperatures.

More than 14,000 people, including tourists and local residents, have been evacuated since the fire broke out on Tuesday. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne confirmed that the fire was started by a spark from an electric vehicle.

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