Rainfall raises hopes for respite from French wildfires

A forest fire that flared anew in southern France sent 1,000 more people fleeing while overnight rain brought blazes elsewhere in the country under control, officials said on Sunday.

Yes despite efforts from firefighters and the respite offered by cooler weather, the situation remains volatile. “Authorities have said it’s not over yet,” said FRANCE 24’s Luke Shrago reporting from Gironde, France. Firefighters working to contain blazes in southwest France continued ‘soaking operations’ on Sunday using water and chemical retardants to wet the soil in high-risk areas and prevent the spread of underground fire. “What we really need is several more days of rain.”

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