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Fires: fire resumes in Gironde and “progresses” in Drôme

2022-08-10T06:08:23.141Z

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - Many fires are raging in France, while the hexagon is experiencing a heat wave. In Isère, the fire has been brought under control and it is no longer progressing in Aveyron.



Several fires have broken out since the weekend of last August and while France is experiencing a new heat wave which could be the hottest of the summer on average on the national territory.

Le Figaro

takes stock.

Gironde: fire resumes near Landiras

The situation is considered "

very unfavorable

" by firefighters in Hostens and Saint-Magne, in South Gironde, where renewed fires from the gigantic Landiras fire in July ravaged 1,000 ha of pines on Tuesday evening, requiring evacuation as a precaution. of 3,500 people in this forest sector, according to the prefecture.

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These preventive evacuations concern, at this stage, the towns of the municipalities of Saint-Magne and Hostens and a district of Belin-Béliet, announced the prefecture of Gironde in a tweet, which reassessed its balance sheet upwards to “

1000 hectares of (pine) burnt at 11:30 p.m.

", against 400 announced at 10:00 p.m.

The municipality of Hostens announced for its part on its Facebook account a "

total evacuation order of the village

", with a "

possibility of refuge in the village halls of Belin-Béliet

".

Since Tuesday 1:00 p.m., 300 firefighters supported by Canadairs, Dash and water bomber helicopter have been fighting against a virulent resumption of flames in this forest sector close to the already disaster area of ​​Landiras.

The situation is very unfavorable.

We are maintaining all the means available on the ground for the whole night, with many defenses of sensitive points to come

", underlined Lieutenant-Colonel Mendousse, communication officer at the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (Sdis) of the Gironde.

In particular, firefighters use “

tactical fires

” to create buffer zones and stop the advance of the fire.

During the operations, "

a truck and three light vehicles were destroyed but no firefighters were injured

," said Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Mendousse.

We see very black smoke, 2 or 3 km from the village

”, testified to AFP in the afternoon Pascal Bizzari, municipal councilor of Hostens, a town of 1,300 inhabitants on the border with the Landes.

Drôme: 220 hectares burned, the fire "

progresses

"

The forest and vegetation fire which broke out on Friday evening in the Drôme ravaged 220 hectares and "

continues to progress

", the prefecture said on Tuesday evening.

Located on the Diois massif in the town of Romeyer, the fire “

has experienced rapid spread in recent hours due to the change in wind direction

”, explained the prefect of Drôme in a press release.

At 6:00 p.m., 220 hectares of forest have been covered

” and “

the fire continues to progress in several directions, in particular towards the RD 742

”, he continued.

Three sectors are particularly monitored by the approximately 280 firefighters who will be engaged Tuesday evening in the field: the northern sector, the southern sector and the front sector (west) towards the village of Romeyer.

Tactical fires are implemented to put the fire on already burned ground in order to prevent it from spreading.

"

During the operations on Monday evening, two Gard firefighters and a Drôme firefighter were injured

" and "

all three were able to leave the hospital today

", assured the prefecture.

One of the firefighters who came as reinforcements from the Gard was burned in the face and the other two inhaled smoke, detailed to AFP on Tuesday afternoon Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Navarro, senior management officer of the SDIS (departmental service fire and rescue) of the Drôme.

There are currently no plans to evacuate homes, the administration concluded.

Tuesday noon, firefighters received support from two heavy bomber helicopters and a Dash.

Aveyron: the fire is no longer progressing

About 3,000 campers and residents of two villages in Aveyron had to be evacuated on Tuesday as a precaution due to a fire which ravaged 700 hectares of vegetation, but which stopped progressing without being brought under control.

The evolution of the fire remained uncertain due to the wind.

Part of the fire, located on rock bars, was still inaccessible to firefighters.

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"

We are a few kilometers from the fire but we evacuated because of the toxic fumes

", told AFP the manager of the campsite of the inn in Mostuéjouls, Nicolas Bouviala, whose 200 customers were put on the spot. preventive shelter.

The prefecture called and said: + we have to start evacuating the campsite slowly +.

Half an hour later, there was no one

left,” he explained.

"

The flames were a few hundred meters away, the gendarmes and the firefighters came to tell us to evacuate, we all had to leave in the middle of the night

", testifies Gabin Castro, manager of guest rooms, worried about his accommodation, treehouses.

The firefighters, up to 600 at the height of the mobilization, estimate that they will need another three days to put out the fire.

Two of them were slightly injured.

Civil Security supported the efforts of the firefighters with bulldozers, in order to constitute firewalls, and two water bomber helicopters, making it possible to carry out more precise drops than planes.

The fire started on the Sauveterre plateau because of an agricultural machine whose metallic element scraped the very hot tar of the road, causing sparks.

In a context of great drought, part of a departmental road near Massegros, 60 kilometers east of Rodez, caught fire, according to firefighters.

The farmer driving the tractor himself called for help, before using water from his tank to fight the flames, and calling several farmers to help.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin is expected on Wednesday at the scene of the fire.

Maine-et-Loire: 500 hectares under threat

The fire which started Monday in the forest of Pugle (Maine-et-Loire) has already burned around 600 hectares and 500 are still threatened, we learned on Tuesday from the prefecture and the firefighters.

"

620 hectares of forest have burned and the fire is not fixed

," the firefighters told AFP.

Two fire starts in Saint-Quentin and Saint-Martin, 15 km from the epicenter of the fire in Clefs-Val d'Anjou, were reported to AFP by residents, who feared that the flames would spread due to the wind.

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According to the prefecture's Twitter account, "

317 men are engaged and 107 vehicles

" are mobilized on the twenty sensitive points concerned.

For her part, the sub-prefect of Maine-et-Loire Anny Pietri told AFP that the firefighters in intervention come from nine departments and that they would again resort to "

air resources

".

A new water carrier should intervene in the afternoon.

According to the same source, some farmers have helped by transporting water to the outskirts of the area using "

tanker tractors

".

Earlier, the prefecture had mentioned on its Twitter page that "

a Dash

", a water bomber, had "

been implemented in the evening

" and would be "

deployed again in the morning

".

About twenty people were also evacuated, most of whom were living in a center for the disabled, according to the sub-prefecture.

500 hectares are still in danger of going up in smoke.

Maine-et-Loire SDIS general controller Jean-Philippe Rivière said that "

all the sensitive points are held

" but that the fire "

continues to progress towards the south

".

Charente: the fire does not evolve

A fire that started Monday evening in the south of Charente "

does not evolve

", after having destroyed 143 hectares mainly of resinous pines, firefighters said Tuesday evening.

The “

fire is not changing

”, indicated the Codis 16 about a fire in the town of Boisbreteau, bordering with Charente-Maritime.

Some 150 firefighters were still at the scene.

Tuesday morning, nearly 30 people had been evacuated according to the prefecture.

More than 220 firefighters were then mobilized.

Isère: fire under control

In Isère, the fire was brought under control after covering a hundred hectares in the foothills of the Chartreuse, not far from the towns of Voreppe and La Sure-en-Chartreuse.

Source: lefigaro

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