A forest and vegetation fire which broke out on Friday evening in the Drôme has ravaged 180 hectares and injured several firefighters, the latter indicated on Tuesday August 9 to AFP, confirming information from the local branch of France- Blue.
Located on the Diois massif in the town of Romeyer, the fire "
is progressing slowly
" but "
" the 240 firefighters on site, because
of "several accelerations
" caused by the wind, said Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Navarro, senior management officer of the SDIS (departmental fire and rescue service) of Drôme.
Three firefighters were injured: one from Gard who came as reinforcements was burned in the face and hospitalized yesterday (Monday) - he went out this morning (Tuesday) and is fine - and the other two, one from Drôme and another from Gard inhaled fumes
, ”he explained.
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The fire is not fixed, "
it is complicated because it is inaccessible to land means
" and "
it is approaching certain dwellings downhill
", alerted the officer, specifying that the firefighters are mainly positioned at the bottom of the summit, near homes and hamlets along the RD 742. Since Tuesday noon, the firefighters have received support from two heavy bomber helicopters and a Dash.
In the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, a fire in Isère caused by lightning ravaged a hundred hectares, also slightly injured three firefighters, and was still not fixed on Tuesday afternoon.