Fires hopscotch through touristic southern coast of France

Media captionThis was one of several fires across Corsica and southern France on Monday night.

There are 19 aircraft now battling the flames in France and Corsica island, and French officials said it could use the help of two more Canadair water bombers.

Authorities said the area, which includes Saint-Tropez and much of the Riviera, has been placed at an unprecedented level of threat of forest fires.

A huge fire in the neighboring Luberon region was under control on Tuesday.

Searing hot, dry and windy weather in south-east France has been blamed for the spread of wildfires in the south of France and Corsica.

Smoke billows from a forest in Ortale de Biguglia on the French island of Corsica.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated as a precaution.

"The situation is not under control because we don't have enough resources".

More than 270 firefighters were forced to fight another blaze in Carros, north of Nice, which burned a house, three vehicles and a warehouse.

He added that because the fires had broken out on Monday evening, when aerial services are not operational, the firefighters had endured hours working without aerial help. Since yesterday morning, 15 police officers and four firefighters have been injured tackling the multiple outbreaks.

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