A huge fire has broken out in the famous wine region south of Bordeaux, France.

The prefecture ordered to evacuate about 10 thousand residents, "Prepare things and take the animals with you".

No casualties were reported as of Wednesday afternoon.

Sixteen homes were destroyed, according to the Gironde prefecture.

The fire started at around 1pm on Tuesday in Saint-Magne and Hostens before growing rapidly due to "adverse weather conditions", the prefecture announced.

Dozens of wildfires are burning through southwestern France, amid Europe's successive heatwaves and drought.

The fires have destroyed homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

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Nearly 14,826 hectares were engulfed in flames around Hostens and Belin-Beliet.

More than 1,000 firefighters, nine planes and two helicopters have been mobilized to address the fire, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said in a statement on Wednesday.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne tweeted that she will visit the region on Thursday.

In southern France, temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius, according to Meteo France, the country's meteorological service.

Currently, 63 percent of the European Union and Great Britain are under drought warnings or alerts on Wednesday, according to the EU's European Drought Observatory.

More than 140,000 hectares of French land have burned so far this year, nearly six times the average for the country from 2006 to 2021, according to the European Forest Fire System.