A fire spreads close to the highway in Vitrolles, southern France, on August 10, 2016. / AFP / BERTRAND LANGLOIS
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High winds and tinderbox conditions fueled fears of new fires in southern France Thursday as blazes which killed three people on the Portuguese holiday island of Madeira were brought under control.Air tankers were seen taking off from the firefighters' base in nearby Aix-en-Provence heading towards Marseille, France's second city, as fires continued to smolder in the bone-dry conditions in the area.In southern France, the fires took hold Wednesday afternoon and spread over 3,300 hectares of scrubland and wooded areas.Some 1,800 firefighters, including many drafted in from elsewhere in France joined the battle backed by around 500 rescue vehicles, five air tankers and two helicopters and around 100 police, Rampon said.
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