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In the Var Governorate press release, it was indicated that around 1,200 firefighters responded to the forest fire that broke out in the Maures massif near the town of Gonfaron on August 16, and that the fire has been effective over more than 7,000 hectares.
In the statement, it is stated that 5 firefighters who responded to the blaze were slightly injured, one person was found dead in a burning house, 19 people were hit by smoke and 3 people were injured.
At least 10,000 people living near the area and many campsites near the coast were evacuated as a result of the blaze, which continued with 8 planes and 2 helicopters, as well as firefighters.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who was on vacation on an island near the Var, visited the fire zone yesterday.
The fire is said to be “the biggest fire in France this summer”.
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