A huge fire has hit the French Riviera with the blaze forcing residents to flee homes in the Saint Tropez region. Photos shared on social media show large plumes of smoke above the hills above the posh beach resort region. One resident, Paul Adieannsens, tweeted: "Big fire in La Croix Valmer. "Just made it to escape from our house!" The location of the fire has been described as southeast of the main St Tropez township near the town of Ramatuelle. Water-bombing helicopters were said to be urgently flying over the area in a bid to put the flames out. "Mega fire close to St. Tropez," Mirjam vanden Broeke tweeted. Former Big Brother host Davina McCall owns a £1.5m villa in St Tropez. The Mirror previously reported that the star was currently enjoying some rest and relaxation in St Tropez with her husband and kids.