France's summer forest fires resulted in 48 arrests.

Police arrest 48 people for reportedly starting forest fires in France during the summer . Up to 10,000 French firefighters a day were mobilized to combat fires that have ravaged 65,000 hectares .

PARIS, France (AFP) — After a season marked by significant, devastating fires, police arrested 48 people for reportedly starting forest fires in France during the summer, according to a spokeswoman.According to the European Forest Fire Information System, up to 10,000 French firefighters a day were mobilized this summer to combat fires that have ravaged more than 65,000 hectares, a record since satellite data was released in 2006.According to national gendarmerie spokeswoman Marie-Laure Pezant, 12 people have already been sentenced to two years in jail, while more than a dozen have been remanded in jail.We found young people, minors, retirees, mostly men, she said, adding that the suspects came from all walks of life.

According to the National Forestry Office, nine out of ten fires are of human origin, and three out of ten fires that are attempted are intentional, according to the National Forestry Office.With 30,000 hectares of forest rising in France, the southwestern Gironde district, which hosts part of Europe's largest coniferous forest, was particularly affected.