In photos: Forest fires engulf southern France as hundreds of firefighters tackle blaze

A firefighter looks on whilst working to put out fire in Biguglia, Corsica
Smoke fills the skies of Biguglia, Corsica
People on a beach observe a forest fire
Planes were used to drop water over the fire
A vehicle is seen ruined by the fire in Carros near Nice
Firefighters tackle the fire in Biguglia, Corsica
Smoke rises up from the fire
The fire came close to buildings in the area of Biguglia, Corsica
Vegetation has been destroyed by fire in Carros near Nice
Police were on hand in Biguglia, Corsica as the fire raged on

The fire covered 900 hectares of land

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Huge forest fires have spread across south east France after hot and windy weather.

People have been evacuated from hundreds of homes as a precaution after fires hit Corsica, Saint-Tropez and the town of Carros, near Nice.

Hundreds of firefighters battled against the flames yesterday (July 24) and some are still raging today (July 25).

One of the forest fires in Corsica covered 900 hectares of land, The Telegraph reported.

10 vehicles were burnt out in the fire and a sawmill also went up in flames. The area is also being searched to check for any homes which may have been affected.

Roughly 150 firefighters were on the scene with more than 12 fire engines being used as well as three firefighting planes.

Regional authorities said more than 270 firefighters were deployed in Carros where a fire raged through a house, a warehouse and three vehicles.

A fire near the town of Aleria destroyed 110 hectares of land and a forest fire in Luberon engulfed 650 hectares.

Last night (July 24) lieutenant-colonel Michel Bernier, from the French civil defence forces, told AFP: "It's a very dangerous day. The fight is going to be very, very long tonight."

See images of the fires in the gallery above