The fire near Saumos did not progress overnight

It is not mastered, but contained. The fire which broke out on Monday in Gironde, in the town of Saumos, burning more than 3,700 hectares of vegetation and forest, “did not progress” overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, said the prefecture.

“No new burnt surfaces. No new evacuation “we can read in a tweet published in the morning by the prefecture of New Aquitaine. The weather conditions “were favorable all night long”, indicates for his part Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Pitault, even if the fire “is still there”. The communication officer of the Girondins firefighters is awaiting details on the conditions for the day to come.


“The temperatures will rise to 26, 27 degrees in the afternoon,” he said, while “strong fog”, a sign of humidity but “dangerous” for visibility, affected the area this Thursday morning. On Wednesday, a thousand firefighters, helped by teams of volunteers from the Defense of Forests Against Fires (DFCI) and by six Canadair, three Dash planes and two water bomber helicopters, intervened to contain the fire.

Since Monday, 3,700 hectares have been burned, in addition to some 30,000 already ravaged since July by three gigantic fires in the department, in La Teste-de-Buch and Landiras twice, in a context of historic drought. A total of 1,840 inhabitants were evacuated in the municipalities of Saumos and Saint-Hélène, near Lacanau.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by

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