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Fires Ravage Southern France, Threatening Marseilles

Fires whipped by high winds tore through southern France, creeping toward the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.

A plane sprays fire extinguisher on a fire in Vitrolles, southern France, on Aug. 10.

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A fire burns next to a road near Vitrolles, southern France, on Aug. 10. 

Whipped up by strong winds, the blaze has spread over 5,600 acres of scrubland, grass and some wooded areas, according to firefighters. The blaze -- comes after low rainfall in winter and spring that left southeast France extremely dry.

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French police stand at a roadblock as smoke fills the sky and blocks the sun north of Marseille. France mobilized 1,500 firefighters 6 to deal with wildfires that have gutted buildings and forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes.

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A fire blazes at Les Pennes-Mirabeau on Aug. 11. The largest fire was burning in the Rognac area, spreading southward to Vitrolles, Pennes-Mirabeau and Cabries. 

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A fire blazes at Les Pennes-Mirabeau on Aug. 11.

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Motorists drive on the highway as a fire spreads on a hill near Vitrolles on Aug 10. Hundreds of children and adults were evacuated from recreation centers and homes in the town of Vitrolles, where some homes were burned down. The Marseille airport said it was rerouting incoming flights to make way for firefighting aircraft, while officials in the city were bracing for flames that risked lapping at its doors.

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A fire blazes at Les Pennes-Mirabeau on Aug. 11.

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Firefighters battle a fire near Marseille on Aug. 10.

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People watch and others run away from a fire near Vitrolles on Aug. 10. 

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Firefighters try to contain a blaze near the village of Gabian on Aug. 8.

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Smoke rises around burned trees following a fire which has devastated some 3,300 hectares in Les Pennes-Mirabeau on Aug. 11.

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