Monday, July 27, 2015

A day marked by fires in the Var and the Gironde – The World

Significant resources are mobilized, Monday, July 27, for a fourth day of fight against the fire in the Gironde.

Firefighters were still struggling against several fires, in Gironde and in the Var, Monday, July 27. The first, which lasts from July 24, ravaged 560-580 hectares of pines and is about to be mastered. Near Frejus, multiple fire starts forced the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people from three campsites, according to the prefecture. More than 200 firefighters were mobilized on site while the wind is always violent.

The Gironde prefecture announced that 600 people evacuated from their homes under threat in Saint-Jean-d’Illac and Pessac will be able to return “progressively their homes.”

“The weather and firefighters efforts justify the decision” to allow the return of residents to their homes, added the prefect Pierre Dartout. “The fire is set, not circumscribed, not turn off, but the situation is more favorable than this [Monday] morning,” , he said. The cause of the fire remains unknown, the gendarmerie investigation favoring any hypothesis, criminal or accidental

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The fire has already destroyed 560 to 580 hectares.

In the Var, fires that broke out in Frejus, Bauduen and La Cadiere d’Azur, fanned by strong winds, were more worrying, before being set in the late afternoon. In the evening preventively evacuated campers could return areas.

  • In Fréjus, the fire broke out at 13 h 45, burned 19 hectares and involves 300 firefighters and 90 vehicles , said the prefecture. 10,000 people were evacuated from three camping. Three gyms have been opened in the day and hosted more than a thousand guests. The city council had to leave open during the night for those who need it.
  • In the Pin Lego, a vast area of ​​120 hectares on which are scattered under the pine trees around 2500 Mobil- homes, the start of the fire was found to 13 h 30. 5500 people were evacuated. Firefighters from the Var, Alpes-Maritimes and Bouches-du-Rhône intervened, backed by Canadair, said Captain Pierre Chevrier, head of the Alpes-Maritimes group. “The weather risk is important and remains important” , he observes, referring to “beautiful gusts of mistral, a lack of rain and heat.”
  • A Bauduen, 80 kilometers northwest of Frejus, in the Verdon Regional Natural Park, the fire, which broke out around 15 h 15, has covered two hectares and 80 firefighters mobilized. Four Canadair and two helicopters were also deployed there.
  • Finally, in La Cadiere d’Azur, to the southwest border of the Var, where a fire broke out at about 17 h 45, about 1.7 hectares has been covered by the flames, and the fire mobilized in late afternoon 100 firefighters and two helicopters water bomber .

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