Since Friday evening, a fire has been ravaging a forest in the steep Chartreuse sector, above La Buisse and Voreppe, in Isère, after a lightning strike.
If, according to France Bleu Isère, the firefighters had completely controlled the blaze on the Voreppe side, the situation deteriorated overnight from Saturday to Sunday, due to a violent wind.
The flames thus gained ground and descended to departmental road 1075. In addition, they threaten two factories containing gas located a little lower in the area of the fire.
In all, 25 machines, a civil security helicopter and nearly 120 firefighters are mobilized to control the fire.
No homes threatened
For the mayor of Voreppe, Luc Rémond, interviewed by France Bleu Isère, the situation is difficult to manage.
"It's quite rare in our region and it's therefore a moment that always triggers anxiety," he explains, while the fire does not currently threaten any homes.
According to Le Dauphiné Libéré, the area burned by the Voreppe fire, which also affects the town of La Buisse, increased from 20 hectares on Saturday morning to 25 on Saturday evening, to finally double and reach 50 hectares on Sunday morning.
For the firefighters, the fight against the flames is very delicate, the affected areas being difficult to access.
Since the beginning of the summer, many fires have ravaged forests in Gironde, but also in Brittany and in the south-east of France.