Geneva and French fire teams battle field blaze

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Geneva and French firefighters joined forces yesterday to battle a series of fires that had broken out in fields near the neighbouring French town of Viry, not far from Soral.

Around two hectares of land were ablaze and a wind threatened to spread the fire further. 

Local farmers were praised for quick thinking as they ploughed around the affected areas to create a fire break. 

A spokesman for the Geneva fire service says the blaze threatened homes as well as other fields – and could easily have crossed into Switzerland. 

Police are now investigating the cause of the fire – and remind people that in the current hot weather, even the slightest spark could start a major fire. 

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