In a region that was previously devastated by flames last month, more than 1,000 firefighters were battling on Thursday to put out a big wildfire that has destroyed a sizable amount of pine forest in southwest France.
In the Gironde area and the nearby Landes, according to local authorities, more than 68 square kilometres (26 square miles) have burnt since Tuesday as France, like the rest of Europe, suffers through a hot and dry summer.
On Thursday, the area was predicted to experience temperatures as high as 40 C (104 F).
About 10,000 people were evacuated as a result of the fire, which also burned at least 16 homes.
Firefighters’ photos from the scene showed flames roaring across pine trees overnight, spewing smoke clouds into the air and illuminating the sky with bright orange light.
Elisabeth Borne, the prime minister, and Gerald Darmanin, the interior minister, were scheduled to meet with volunteers, firefighters, and rescuers in the evacuated little hamlet of Hostens on Thursday.
According to Darmanin, two helicopters and nine aircraft have been dispatched to battle the wildfire.
Major flames that occurred in the Gironde region last month caused the evacuation of more than 39,000 people, including locals and visitors.
The government has warned that the country is experiencing its worst drought on record as France experiences its fourth heat wave of the year.