Wind-fanned fires devastated around 90 hectares of vegetation in Aude on Tuesday, August 17, interrupting traffic on the A9 motorway, AFP learned from firefighters.
Tuesday around 7:00 p.m., a fire broke out near Peyriac-de-Mer, crossed the motorway, but it was quickly brought under control, Commander Grégory Macquart, of the Aude firefighters told AFP. , who dispatched 180 men to the site.
The A9 was closed between Narbonne and Perpignan for 3 hours, causing traffic jams.
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2 km away, firefighters are trying to contain another fire, which covered 60 hectares of scrubland and trees at night from Monday to Tuesday.
The fire started in the town of Bizanet, in the Corbières, a region close to the Mediterranean coast, known for its vineyards.
The Peyriac-de-Mer fire is under control, but the situation remains worrying in the Bizanet fire, due to the wind.
We have 450 men there
, ”Commander Macquart told AFP.
The wind which blows at 70/80 km / h in a south-easterly direction, and therefore from the coast, should not weaken before Wednesday evening.
Tuesday, 4 firefighters in intervention were injured near Bizanet, when their truck was caught in the flames, and were hospitalized. Residents of four houses were evacuated as a preventive measure. Water bombers support the action on the ground, underlines Commander Macquart, but "
we share the air resources with the other regions of the Mediterranean arc
", which are also affected by fires, especially in the Var. Also in the Corbières, near the village of Durban, another fire broke out overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, burning 20 hectares before being checked.