Some 2,000 firefighters were still at work, Thursday, August 11 end of the day, in four southern departments of Herault, the Gard, the Bouches-du-Rhône and Eastern Pyrenees. The fires are now under control in the Bouches-du-Rhône, but a violent fire spread in the Pyrenees-Orientales.
The president, Francois Hollande, promised that the perpetrators of the fires, that ravaged more than 3300 hectares north of Marseille would be found, calling for their “punishment” , and bowing “exceptional work” firefighters and rescue.
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violent fire in the Pyrenees-Orientales
residents of the village of Rodes (600 people) were being evacuated, late Thursday afternoon, fire which broke in the morning in the Pyrenees-Orientales approaching the town, fanned by a north wind 70 km / h.
About 450 firefighters were mobilized against the flames that ravaged 400 hectares in a few hours. One hundred firefighters were to arrive in South East and Eastern reinforcement by the beginning of the night. Three Canadair water bombers Tracker two and a jumbo Dash were also mobilized, and a hundred vehicles. The situation is still tense, and the wind was not falter before Friday morning.
Party Thursday around 8:00 roadside near the town of Montalba-le-Château, about thirty kilometers west of Perpignan, fire is already the biggest fire of the year in the Pyrenees-Orientales.
the prefecture announced on his Twitter account closed in both directions , national road 116 between Prades and Bouleternère, because of the fire. The secondary road 17 is cut between the towns of Tarerach and Montalba.
Four firefighters injured in the Herault
Four firefighters were injured, three seriously, when they fought against the flames north of Béziers in the Hérault, where nearly 200 hectares burned, said Thursday interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
Aged 22, 24, 28 and 42, according to the county fire and rescue services (SDIS) of Herault, they were admitted to the hospital Montpellier . Three of them are still in dire emergency, the fourth in relative urgency.
The fire was brought under control Wednesday evening.
lights controlled in the Rhone delta
the fires that hit the Bouches-du-Rhône in the night from Wednesday to Thursday ” are controlled “ but firefighters ” remain committed “ to ” prevent recovery “ fires, announced Thursday afternoon the regional prefecture.
established to 70 km / h Thursday at dawn, the bursts should not go up to 100 km / h as yesterday, which had caused major spot fires. “We are quite confident about the outcome of this crisis,” , said the delegate prefect Yves Rousset in World . The most worrying fire was set at the gates of Marseille, in the territory of the town of Les Pennes-Mirabeau, north of the city. “Today we can say that the fire is under control but remains risk and wind-related concerns” , he has qualified.
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Between the towns of Rognac and Vitrolles, near the Etang de Berre, west of Marseille, where 2500 hectares have burned, 600 firefighters were still deployed Thursday and 600 men marine brigade from Marseille and extradépartementaux reinforcements.
a total of 300 vehicles received air support from five Canadair, a Dash and a water bomber helicopter. 300 other firefighters from the west, east and north of France are still awaited reinforcements, according to the prefecture. At Fos-sur-Mer, in the industrial area, 800 hectares burned, 180 firefighters and 50 vehicles have occurred.
Three people were injured, one seriously. Twenty firefighters and a dozen police officers were overcome by fumes. In the affected municipalities, residents evacuated Wednesday night were allowed to return to their home Thursday morning.
Three houses were destroyed and 17 damaged, a restaurant and a completely destroyed car dealership, a school was 300 damaged and without power users. 11 vehicles were destroyed, according to the prefecture.
According to the website traffic information Bison smart, he is no more disruption on all motorways of the periphery Marseille A7, A51 and A55 .
Opening of an investigation
The prosecution of Aix-en-Provence opened a preliminary hearing Thursday to forest destruction and injury, the starting point of the largest fire being at Rognac, about twenty kilometers from Aix-en-Provence. The causes of the fire remains undetermined: “We have no idea about the voluntary or involuntary nature of this fire. “ Specialized investigators should quickly gain access to the premises to carry on preliminary investigations.
A man was arrested and taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in Vitrolles. “Local residents whose homes were located not far from the fire Vitrolles saw a person near a fire starting, outside the main fire” , told Agence France-Presse Emmanuel Merlin, Deputy public prosecutor of Aix-en-Provence. The departmental security, business unit of Public Security of Bouches-du-Rhône, was responsible for the investigation.
fire Scene in Vitrolles, where more than one thousand people were evacuated Wednesday, August 10.
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