- Title: Sea planes battle wildflires along French Riviera
- Date: 25th July 2017
- Summary: RAMATUELLE, FRANCE (JULY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) CANADAIR SEAPLANE FLYING OVER CHARRED TREES ALONG COAST SMOKE RISING ABOVE CHARRED TREES VARIOUS OF CANADAIR SEAPLANES FLYING IN SKY CANADAIR SEAPLANE COLLECTING WATER FROM SEA VARIOUS OF CANADAIR SEAPLANES FLYING IN SKY
- Embargoed: 8th August 2017 13:27
- Keywords: French forest fires seaplanes putting out fires French Riviera wildfires Canadair southern France
- Location: RAMATUELLE, FRANCE
- City: RAMATUELLE, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wildfires/Forest Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA0016R7UR7R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Canadair seaplanes battled against infernos along the French Riviera coast on Tuesday (July 25) as the flames torched vegetation on hills overlooking glitzy Mediterranean resorts thronged by summer holidaymakers.
Local authorities said several firefighters were injured and one hospitalised but there were no immediate reports of deaths, unlike with similar wildfires that have killed dozens elsewhere in southern Europe, notably Portugal.
Authorities said that blaze had engulfed 650 hectares of land in one of several spots where fires prompted closure of parts of the local road network, a rail line and at one stage part of the A51 motorway in the southeastern corner of France.
Weather forecasters said strong winds would persist for another day or two days at least, heightening the risk that even spots where firefighters were close to containing the flames could fall prey to another flare-up.
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