South of France and Corsica hit by fierce forest fires

Hundreds of firefighters battled through the night on Monday to quell the flames of forest fires blazing in south east France and Corsica as hundreds of people were evacuated from houses, hotels and campsites. Firefighters say that some of the fires are still not under control.
The fires have hit areas in southern France, including the Var and Vaucluse departments, St Tropez and the town of Carros to the north of Nice. They have also been ravaging northern Corsica.
In total, the forest fires raging in south east France and northern Corsica have reduced 3000 hectares of land to cinders.
But fire fighters and water bombing planes are still in place fighting the blaze which has so far destroyed many hundreds of hectares of vegetation.
A fire raging in the town of Carros to the north of Nice has also been quelled according to a local radio station. The flames scorched 90 hectares, destroying a house and vehicles on its way.
The island of Corsica is some 140 miles from Nice, and with its craggy peaks and spectacular scenery it is popular with hikers and those who prefer an active holiday.
The origins of the fires in both France and Corsica are open to speculation, but thought to have spread so rapidly by coincidence because of dry forestation and arid weather.
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It’s a hot summer – so where’s your blanket?

A lovely summer’s day. The lawn has been cut, the sun-loungers are strategically placed and the beer is cooling in the fridge, it’s time to relax. So why not have a barbecue? The UK has had quite a few hot and sunny days so there have been plenty of occasions to light up and eat alfresco. No longer just about charred sausages and under-cooked chicken legs, the barbecue of 2017 is a far cry from those drizzly days puffing and swearing at the smoulder and hiss as everyone huddled around wishing they were inside and a bit warmer.
The barbecue is now classed as ‘high food’, and touted by several celebrity chefs, although you don’t need to be too ambitious to create a tasty meal. Spatch-cock chicken, Lebanese lamb chops or simply salmon cooked on a bed of lemon slices are just a few recipes to try. But should the flames get out of control you need to be prepared.
The best way to extinguish a barbecue fire is to put the lid down (if you have one), but if there isn’t one, a fire blanket is an option to be used with care. Oxygen feeds a fire, and any fire involving fat, sugar, and existing flame will be more volatile, so it makes sense to be extra careful when cooking on a barbecue. So, take a tip from the Mediterraneans, take your time, be relaxed, and enjoy the garden gastronomy!
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