Evac­u­a­tions lifted in south­ern France; fire risk still high

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

BORMES-LES-MI­MOSAS, France — More than 12,000 evac­u­ated res­i­dents and tourists in the south of France were told they could re­turn to their homes and hol­i­day places af­ter fire­fight­ers tamed one of the fiercest blazes to break out dur­ing four days of wild­fires.

The fire in the Mediter­ranean sea­side town of Bormes-lesMi­mosas in the south­ern Var re­gion calmed Thurs­day be­cause of a drop in the wind _ but still marked the sky­line with clouds of black smoke that were vis­i­ble for miles. Lo­cal author­i­ties said that while it was safe for peo­ple to re­turn to places they’d evac­u­ated in the Bormesles-Mi­mosas area, the fire risk re­mained at its high­est level in other parts of the Var re­gion.

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