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Three campsites evacuated in Argelès-sur-Mer due to a fire


Highlights: The fire broke out in the town of Argelès-Orientales. The fire is currently contained. The town has been placed in a "very severe" risk of fire since mid-May. The city has already been the scene of a major fire in mid-April. It is the first major fire of the year in the city, which has been hit hard by droughts in the past few years. It's the third major fire this year in Pyrénées and the third in France.

The fire broke out on Wednesday in Argelès-sur-Mer. The flames ravaged ten hectares of land and required the intervention of 114 firefighters.

Three campsites in Argelès-sur-Mer (Pyrénées-Orientales) and homes were evacuated Wednesday due to a fire in the town, learned the Figaro from the firefighters of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

By midnight, the flames had spread about ten hectares near a commercial area. The fire is currently contained, thanks in particular to nine "water load drops" carried out by helicopters.

Significant resources mobilized

During the fire, 190 people were moved to a meeting point to keep them away from the fire. No damage was noted in the three campsites and the occupants were able to return to their rentals. Three agricultural sheds were destroyed by the flames. 20 people were forced to evacuate their homes. A communal hall was opened to welcome them. 114 firefighters and more than twenty gendarmes were on the scene.

This fire comes as the department is experiencing a major drought and has been placed since mid-May in "very severe" risk of fire. The Pyrénées-Orientales have already been the scene in mid-April of the first major fire of the year in the country, with flames that have traveled about 1000 hectares.

Source: lefigaro

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