19 Aug 2012

Resort threatened by wildfire

8:12 am on 19 August 2012

A wildfire in France has threatened a resort popular with surfers on the Atlantic coast.

Water was dumped from four planes in an effort to control the blaze, near Lacanau, about 25km west of Bordeaux.

The task is being hampered by high winds and temperatures of up to 40 degrees. The BBC reported about 550 hectares of pine forest had been burned.

On Friday, firefighters said the blaze had stopped spreading, but the danger was not over.

Last year, a forest fire destroyed about 200 ha of woodland near Lacanau.

Droughts and heat have fanned wildfires across southern Europe this year.