France battles spreading wildfires as heatwave eats away at Europe

PARIS — France deployed more depth-bomb planes and hundreds more firefighters to battle spreading wildfires fed by hot swirling winds from a searing heatwave that swept much of Europe on Monday.

As the wind direction shifted, authorities in south-west France announced plans to evacuate more towns and remove 3,500 people who risk getting in the way of the raging flames.

Three other depth-bomb planes joined six others that had repeatedly flown over the blaze and thick plumes of smoke, the Home Office said on Sunday evening.

It said more than 200 reinforcements would be added to the 1,500 firefighters fighting day and night to contain the blazes through the Gironde region’s dry pine forests, sending burning embers into the air and spreading the flames further.

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Dustin Huang

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