As thick black smoke billowed above the crests of hills, Col. Eric Martin of the Var firefighting unit told BFM-TV that French crews were trying to contain the flames that had run through 1,300 hectares (3,210 acres) around Bormes.
Authorities have revealed that at least 12 firefighters and 15 police officers have been reported injured since the fires broke out on Monday.
Over 6,000 firefighters, troops, soldiers and civil security soldiers have been involved in the effort to tame the blazes.
Many people in the area make their living from the local pine and eucalyptus forests, which are bone dry after months without significant rainfall.
French officials blamed arsonists yesterday for the wildfires on the Riviera that have forced thousands of residents and holidaymakers to flee to emergency shelters.
Firefighters were at full stretch protecting houses and hamlets, sometimes stopping the blaze a few metres from homes as the flames swept towards the resort of Bormes-les-Mimosas. There have been no reported casualties. "This is simply unacceptable", Francois Arizzi, Mayor of Bormes-les-Mimosas said.
"Seeing heritage like this going up in flames is sad".
The Coldiretti agriculture lobby said 50 million bees were destroyed along with their hives in fires on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.
1000 firefighters battle French Riviera blazes as 12000 evacuated
"I'm not an investigator, but we have to stop closing our eyes to the facts".
"Behind all this there are lives in danger, men who are working day and night, and they are putting their life in danger for the safety of others", he added.
Nearly 2,000 firefighters were deployed at six major blazes across Portugal Thursday.
Another fire that scorched at least 800 hectares of land in the picturesque Vaucluse region further inland was believed to be under control on Tuesday morning, local firefighters said.
Other fires broke out Thursday, however, amid continuing hot and windy weather. The Civil Protection Agency said 24 water-dropping aircraft were in action.
Portugal's peak fire season, which usually starts after July 1, began early this year amid a severe drought.
At the same time, just over 2,000 firefighters are engaged in mopping-up operations and are on the lookout for re-ignitions. The worst-affected areas continued to be in the central region of the country, especially a fire around Serta, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, which was burning for a fifth day.
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