Holidaymakers flee as wildfire rages near popular tourist campsite in France

A Brit family is one of hundreds forced to flee from a huge wildfire rapidly encroaching on a French holiday campsite.

The fire started on Tuesday afternoon in Rougon, in the Gorges du Verdon, with flames continuing into Wednesday evening and covering a total of 350 hectares.

Part of the Huttopia campsite in Castellane was evacuated as a preventative measure, with families forced to abandon their holidays.

One posted a video on Twitter of the evacuees, writing: “Difficult awakening this morning for holidaymakers evacuated last night from their campsite in Rougon, in the Gorges du Verdon.”

Michael Greenwood, away with his wife and two girls on a camping trip, said his daughters were scared as the flames got closer and bigger.

“Our lovely campsite is being evacuated,” Michael said in a series of tweets. “Not our section but we are leaving anyway – @HuttopiaEurope.

“Say we will lose our money but the kids are scared and the bar has been closed!

“The flames are getting closer and bigger so au revoir Gorges Du Verdon.

“The evacuation is to allow the pilots attempting to extinguish the fire on the hill more space to safely drop materials.

“This was the scene this afternoon as the fire chief explained his plan at the campsite reception as media watched.

“We hope everyone who has decided to stay on and the brave emergency services stay safe.

“We’ve managed the find a hotel for tonight but I’m are all ears if anyone has local campsite recommendations.”

Yesterday a wildfire spread along the Ardeche river in the southwest of France covering 750 hectares in one day and causing evacuations, according to local authorities.

Since the fire broke out early Wednesday, two factories in the small town of Lavilledieu have been evacuated as well as an animal refuge and camping sites.

The village of Vogue is currently being evacuated.

“The fire broke out between 8.30 and 8.45 and has progressed very very fast due to strong wind,” the mayor of Lavilledieu, Gerard Saucles, told BFM TV.

There are 450 firefighters working to put the fire out and evacuate those at risk.

Earlier this month, wildfires burnt through more than 20,000 hectares in the southwestern region of Gironde as France and the rest of Europe experienced record-high temperatures.

One tweeted photos with the caption: “Impressions from the burned out camp sites at #DuneduPilat in the #Gironde region of southwestern #France. Once a popular tourist destination… now all there’s left is debris. #feuxdeforet.”