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South of the port city of Marseille, near the village of Martigues, a violent forest fire broke out on Tuesday. Two days later it is still raging, and for the time being it does not seem to be deteriorating. The strong Mistral wind ignites the fire. Thousands of acres of woodland have been destroyed by the fire. 2,700 residents and tourists had to be evacuated.

Firefighting aircraft

“This is a disaster for biodiversity,” said Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. Large parts of unique vegetation have been destroyed. 22 people were also injured in the fire. In the meantime, some 1,800 firefighters were deployed to fight the fire. Together with firefighting planes, they are controlling the forest fire. But that seems to be a long-term task. The fire brigade is preparing for a long battle. It is not yet clear how the fire started.

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