Firefighters battle huge forest fire in southern France

Around 600 hectares of mostly forested land in the Gard département (county) had been burned by Friday in a vast and spreading fire that has mobilized almost 1,000 firefighters and led to the evacuation of around 100 people.

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Nearly 1,000 firefighters backed by water-dropping planes were deployed on Friday to battle a massive blaze in France’s southern Gard region that burned 600 hectares (1,500 acres) overnight, reports The Guardian.