Wildfires in southern France threaten Marseille – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption The flames were most intense around Vitrolles

Wildfires in southern France are threatening the city of Marseille, burning homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

More than 1,500 firefighters are tackling the blazes which sprang up in scrubland north of the city.

Deputy Mayor Julien Ruas said firebreaks had been created to protect northern neighbourhoods.

Wildfires have also been raging in Portugal and on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Three people have been killed on the holiday island and more than 1,000 have been forced from their homes.

‘Out of control’

French officials said homes had been destroyed in the towns of Vitrolles, about 25km (15 miles) north of Marseille, and nearby Pennes-Mirabeau. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated.

Marseille airport redirected incoming flights to make way for firefighting aircraft.

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