Wildfires in southern France have forced people to flee their homes and are threatening the country's second largest city, Marseille.
About 1800 firefighters are tackling the blazes and are creating a firewall to try and protect the city, along with the outlying town of Fos-sur-Mer where petrochemical plants are located.
Hundreds of children and adults have been evacuated from recreation centres and homes in the town of Vitrolles, about 25km north of Marseille.
Some homes in Vitrolles have already been destroyed.
Marseille deputy mayor Julien Ruas said the fire was "progressing fast".
The city was setting up firewalls on the corridor leading toward it, but if the fire passed those, "it will move toward the northern neighborhoods of Marseille", Mr Ruas said.
The size of the fire was "absolutely exceptional" and people should stay off the roads, he said.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said firefighters were being backed up by firefighting aircraft.
About 400 police officers were also being mobilised, he said.
Four firefighters had been injured battling the fires, three of them seriously, Mr Cazeneuve said.
High winds were fanning the fires and thick smoke was visible across the region.
Commercial flights leaving Marseille Airport have also been delayed or cancelled.
-Reuters / BBC