Two teenagers held on suspicion of arson following France wildfires

A number of different blazes have ravaged the south of France and Corsica this week

Two teenagers held on suspicion of arson following France wildfires

Smoke rising up from a forest by the beach in Bormes-les-Mimosas, southeastern France, 26-07-2017. Image: Patrick Clemente/ABACAPRESS.COM

Two teenagers are in custody on suspicion of arson following wildfires in southeast France.

The boys, both aged 16, are accused of starting a single blaze in the village of Carro on the French Riviera.

Officials say this particular fire devastated 150 hectares (370 acres) of land.

The teenagers will appear before a judge on Friday afternoon with a view to being charged with arson and theft.

If convicted, the minors could face a 15-year jail sentence.

Aix-en-Provence's deputy police prosecutor, Remy Avon, also confirmed that a 41-year-old man has admitted to accidentally starting a different wildfire.

That blaze in Peynier, which was sparked by a metal-cutting device, burned 72 acres of vegetation.

He was also due to appear before a judge on Friday.

Earlier this week, at least 12,000 people were forced to flee campsites and homes as another blaze raged near Bormes-les-Mimosas.

Hundreds of firefighters were sent to tackle that wildfire, which had burned 800 hectares of forest by Wednesday morning.

Wildfires have already consumed swathes of forest in the tourist-packed region, as well as on the island of Corsica.