(Menaf) Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in southern France as wildfires continue to rage in the region, according to local authorities.
On Monday, 5,000 residents were warned to leave Les Michelots, a suburb of southern Teste-de-Buch, while another 3,000 were warned to leave Pilla-sur-Mer.
Firefighters were unable to contain the blaze at Dune de Pilat, Europe’s longest sand dune and a popular summer tourist destination.
“The smoke is toxic,” firefighter Arnaud Menduse told the AFP news agency. “Protecting the public is a matter of public health.”
The fire is one of two large fires burning in the Girdonde area, south of Bordeaux, since early last week as regions of France hit record temperatures.
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