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Fire brought under control in the south of France but 4 firefighters injured

PARIS (AP) — A weekend wildfire in the southern Gard region of France that injured four firefighters has now been brought under control, officials said Monday.

Fire department spokesman Colonel Eric Agrinier told French media that 370 hectares (915 acres) had been burned and two houses affected by the flames. But he pointed out that “dozens and dozens of houses were preserved and (we saw) a human toll of zero casualties among civilians”.

The fire was brought under control overnight Sunday with some 400…

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PARIS (AP) — A weekend wildfire in the southern Gard region of France that injured four firefighters has now been brought under control, officials said Monday.

Fire department spokesman Colonel Eric Agrinier told French media that 370 hectares (915 acres) had been burned and two houses affected by the flames. But he pointed out that “dozens and dozens of houses were preserved and (we saw) a human toll of zero casualties among civilians”.

The blaze was brought under control overnight on Sunday with some 400 firefighters monitoring the blaze on Monday morning, according to the civil protection agency.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin tweeted an alert on Sunday concerning the fire which broke out around 3 p.m. in a pine forest in Aubais, a village of 2,000 inhabitants. Several families were evacuated.

France is about to face a new heat wave and several regions have been put on alert for possible forest fires.

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