MARSEILLE, France, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Thousands of acres of forests have been destroyed by wildfires in France that also burned houses and cars, authorities said.
Firefighters said late Tuesday the fires burning in the south of France near the cities of Marseille and Montpellier had been contained, Radio France Internationale reported.
No injuries were reported, but the flames destroyed three homes, a warehouse, a plant nursery and at least 10 cars, officials said.
Water-dropping aircraft halted the advance of the fire Tuesday near the coastal town of La Ciotat about 6 miles from Montpellier.
French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux visited the Montpellier area to thank more than 1,000 firefighters for “their fight against the worst fires this summer.”
The fires could rekindle, authorities warned, and fire official Col. Christophe Risdorfer said his crews would remain on alert.
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