By Nora Peter, IFRC

French Red Cross volunteers are supporting communities threatened by wildfires that have swept through southeast France in recent days, forcing as many as 12,000 people to evacuate, including thousands of holiday makers.

The fires have already devastated nearly 10,000 acres of land, according to French authorities.

French Red Cross has set up emergency shelters for evacuees to spend the night and reception centers in the daytime for those without a roof over their heads. People at the centres are able to access information from authorities, as well as psychosocial support. More than 50 volunteers are currently deployed in the badly affected districts of Alpes-Maritimes and Vaucluse.

“Like other regions along the Mediterranean this summer, southern France is experiencing extremely dry and hot weather which significantly increases the risk of wildfires,” said Ruben Romero, the Disaster Management Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Europe.

“French Red Cross volunteers will continue to support those to have been forced to evacuate their homes with shelter, information and psychosocial support throughout the coming days.”