Thousands Evacuated as Several Fires Blaze Across Southern France

August 11, 2016 2:39 AM

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Thousands Evacuated as Several Fires Blaze Across Southern France

As many as 5,000 people were being evacuated Wednesday from the French town of Vitrolles to escape one of several wildfires blazing across southern France, authorities told NBC News.

French Interior Minister Barnard Cazeneuve told reporters that 1,800 firefighters were battling multiple fires. Four firefighters were injured, three of them seriously, by one of the fires, in the nearby Herault region, he said.

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