. Fire rises in Saint-Jean-d’Illac, 20 km from Bordeaux, and then won the neighboring communes, approaching Pessac and destroying over 600 hectares of pine forest.
Whereas at 8:30 am, the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve Saturday hailed the “actors engaged tirelessly on the ground” and assured them “national solidarity to fight against these fires.”
Since Saturday night and until dawn, some 300 firefighters reinforcements came from Montauban, Chambery, west, arrived to support their 380 colleagues out of Gironde and neighboring departments already in support.
An eventful night.
“We must remain humble before nature,” recalled Colonel Mathieu, referring to the reversal scenario, as firefighters had managed to stabilize the fire at midday Saturday before sudden occasions. The wind, which had Forci in the afternoon on Saturday, reviving a fire yet “stabilized”, fell Saturday night and the temperature dropped, helping firefighters, said Colonel Mathieu. In addition to the human reinforcements, two Canadair planes and two water bombers Dach have now joined firefighters in the night, and will return Sunday morning.
The wind, enemy number one firefighter.
“The fire problem, because even if the wind dropped, the fire has sufficient energy to create its own wind, “said the Deputy Director of Fire Gironde, Colonel Dominique Mathieu. According to the officer, fire fighting “tooth and nail” to create shields to protect the targeted areas, but the fire tends to go on the sides. All the team hopes to defy a threatening weather. Sunday afternoon, is expected rotating winds of 40 to 50 km / h, as those who had fanned the start of the fire and its recovery
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The people evacuated, Cestas threatened Saturday. night, 150 homes were evacuated, adding to the 120 houses already emptied the first evening fire. Most residents fled with relatives, but several dozen of them have invested the gym Pessac available to them.
The authorities say they are “strong vigilance” to a new neighborhood of 500 inhabitants, this one located in the neighboring commune of Cestas, the fire could ultimately threaten future. The return home of the inhabitants, considered a time for Saturday night, was finally postponed. The prefecture recalled that “no house, no property was reached” at this stage by the fire.
The Firefighters on the lookout. Beyond covers of fire, the fire brigade will be given to treat hot points from 9 10 km from the fire edge and separate the burned areas areas spared, to be sure to control the flames. This work “methodical and constant” is a real “project that will last several days,” according to Colonel Jean-Paul Decellières, director of the Departmental Service Fire and Rescue Gironde.
Since Friday, four firefighters were slightly injured during the interventions, mainly hot shots, smoke inhalation and a back injury.
VIDEO. Fire in Gironde, “the fire is stabilized but not” according to the prefect
Arson ? The trail of arson was seriously considered Saturday. The gendarmerie was very surprised by the speed with which it has grown. The mayor of Saint-Jean-d’Illac does not preclude a cigarette butt is the cause of the fire because the fire started from the roadside, had he told France Info.
Other wildfire The efforts of the firefighters were diverted several hours Saturday by another fire pine forest, which broke out around 17 hours to 50 km to the south-west, La Teste-de-Buch and Gujan-Mestras, towns bordering the Bay of Arcachon. More than 75 firefighters, backed by Canadair fought against this fire ultimately circumscribed shortly after 20 hours, after destroying a dozen hectares of forest.
Two other minor fire Friday in the facilities sector, were quickly mastered after destroying about one hectare of pine forest each. Occurred near the A63 linking Bordeaux to Spain, they have resulted in smoke and therefore delays on the road vacation, but not cut the axis. Saturday afternoon, a fire started in Naujac, south of Royan, this fireplace destroyed a hectare of pine forest and required the intervention of two Canadair and a water bomber Dach initially planned for St. Jean d’Illac, 65 kilometers. This second fire was brought under control in the late afternoon.
VIDEO. A second fire in 15 days in Saint-Jean-d’Illac in Gironde
The multiple fire starts in a day are not uncommon in summer in the forest, but that of Saint-Jean-d’Illac is most important for 3 years in the region. Composed of 45% forests, the department of Gironde is particularly vulnerable in times of drought. It is therefore important to be vigilant on the road vacation
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