Sunbathers observe the forest fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez.
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Thousands of firefighters battled wind-whipped infernos along the French Riviera coast Tuesday as the flames torched vegetation on hills overlooking glitzy Mediterranean resorts thronged by summer holidaymakers.Another fire that scorched at least 800 hectares of land in the picturesque Vaucluse region further inland was believed to be under control Tuesday morning, firefighters said.In the United States, meanwhile, more than 600 firefighters in Montana Tuesday battled to halt the spread of the biggest wildfire in the country after it torched buildings, raced through forests and drove scores of people from their homes.Data on the center's website showed Lodgepole was the biggest of 38 large wildfires burning in the western U.S. Firefighters were using bulldozers and harrows to plow fire breaks since water alone cannot put out the flames driven by high temperatures, lack of rain and gusty winds, said Tim Engrav, a spokesman for the center.
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