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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 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.
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.
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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