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Around 1,000 camping plots have been evacuated as wildfires raged across parts of southern France and Corsica.Up to 900 hectares of forest has been engulfed in flames, threatening homes on the island of Corsica, off the southern French coast.A further 860 hectares has been ravaged by a blaze in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region.

At around 2am on Wednesday, the Camp du Domaine campsite in Bormes-les-Mimosas was evacuated.Tourists in 1,000 camping plots were forced to flee, according to Lisa Minot, The Sun’s travel editor, who was at the scene.She wrote on Twitter: “First time I have seen (the campsite evacuated) in 42 years.”Fire in behind us and wind strong.”Fire still visible from our beachfront pitch. Kids are sleeping. Wish we had some info.”Ms Minot’s mother Carol Bielfield was also at the site and said holidaymakers tried to keep composed.”It was keep calm and carry on, make some tea, serve some biscuits and hope that you get some information,” she said.”But we’ve had no information at all. Everyone gave up, started leaving the beach and then the sirens went off and we were told to go back to the beach, but there’s not been any information.”

In Corsica, around 160 people were fighting a fire in the Biguglia area aided by more than a dozen fire engines, authorities said.Local official Gerard Gavory said three firefighting planes were also involved, and were “surveying the area to make sure no homes are affected”.Another fire on the south of the island destroyed 110 hectares of forest around the town of Aleria before being brought under control on Monday.

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