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MAP: Where are the main wildfires in France right now?

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MAP: Where are the main wildfires in France right now?
A firefighter battles one of the several wildfires blazing in France. Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / POOL / AFP

After one of the worst summers on record for wildfires in France, blazes continue to break out across the country - here's the interactive map showing the latest situation.

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According to the European Forest Fire Information System, this is the worst year on record for wildfires in France, with at least 47,000 hectares burned - an area equivalent to five times the size of Paris.

Fires in south west France broke out again on Tuesday September 13th - with thousands more evacuated and 1,300 more hectares of forest burned. 

Fires in July and August forced thousands of people to be evacuated in the Gironde département, burning huge areas of the forest - including five campsites.

Other major blazes affected areas both the north and the south of the country.

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The below interactive map from the forest fire tracker FeuxdeForet.fr shows the latest fire reports.

The yellow symbol indicates a small fire that is fixed and under control while the red flame equals a wildfire. The orange triangle indicates a suspected fire, which has not been confirmed as a wildfire.

 

 

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French firefighters warned at the start of the summer that the unusually hot, dry weather has left much of the country 'a tinderbox' and wildfires are likely to continue to be a major problem throughout the summer.

Anyone visiting the French countryside is asked to take extra care, since the vast majority of wildfires are started by people.

You should avoid starting fires or barbecues in or near woodland, and you should never throw away cigarette butts into the woods or out of the car window.

You should also be careful where you’re parking your car, because heat from the exhaust pipe can start a fire on dry grass.

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