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2 die, 24 injured on 3rd day of wildfires in southern France

At least two people have died and 24 injured on the third day of the wildfires that broke out in southern France, the prefect of the Var department informed on Wednesday.

Evence Richard, at a news conference on Wednesday said two charred bodies, one of which is identified as male, were found in a burnt house. Another 24 people were lightly injured, including 19 civilians and five firefighters.

The fire was suspected to have started by some miscreants in the Maures massif around the town of Gonfaron on Monday evening, and it has yet to be brought under control.

Richard said the problem is not resources or capacity, but unfavorable weather conditions, which made it extremely difficult to control the active fire. Var is experiencing high temperatures of 32-35 degrees Celsius, with a strong easterly wind fanning thick plumes of smoke and reducing visibility.

Several A57 and A8 motorway junctions have been closed to traffic. Tourists and locals are advised to avoid commuting unless there are compelling reasons to do so.


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