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MAP: How to see where wildfires are in France in real time

With several blazes currently active around the country, we look at how you can track the fires

We look at how you can track the fires Pic: Bumble Dee / Shutterstock & Screenshot / Google Maps

There are several ways to track the various wildfires around France, such as the one in Gironde that ravaged around 6,000 hectares of forest overnight between Tuesday and today (August 10). 

Read more: Homes destroyed as south-west France wildfire reignites overnight

This is just one of many active blazes that have been caused by a combination of high temperatures, drought and in some cases, irresponsible or illegal behaviour. 

Read more: 3,000 people evacuated as wildfire spreads in southern France

Read more: Drought map update: See the French departments with water restrictions

One way to see where the fires are is using Google Maps. You first need to know roughly where the fire is, then you simply go to that location on the map and you will see a symbol of a fire, including details of when the symbol was last updated. 

In the picture below, you will see that the Gironde wildfire is marked on Google Maps.

Screenshot / Google Maps

It should be noted that the symbol on Google denotes the approximate area of the fire, which could differ slightly in reality. Additionally, Google Maps does not mark every single wildfire currently active in France. 

For a more scientific overview of the fires in France, you can use the NASA-made platform FIRMS (Fire Information for Resource Management System), or the European platform Copernicus

Both these platforms use accurate and up-to-date data to track wildfires. 

The image below is a screenshot of the Copernicus platform. You can see the huge Gironde blaze marked with a white smudge, just south of Bordeaux. 

Screenshot / COPERNICUS

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