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Resumption of fire in Gironde: already 6,800 hectares burned


Nearly 6,800 hectares of pine forests went up in smoke Thursday morning after fire resumed Tuesday afternoon from the gigantic fire in Landiras (Gironde), announced the prefecture of Gironde.

Nearly 6,800 hectares of pine forests went up in smoke Thursday morning after fire resumed Tuesday afternoon from the gigantic fire in Landiras (Gironde), announced the prefecture of Gironde.

“Nearly 1,100 firefighters are engaged,” added the prefecture, adding that “additional reinforcements” were still expected on the scene. This night, the toll was therefore increased by 600 hectares of burnt forest, but the scorching temperatures which “should be maintained until Saturday and are combined with very dry air” create a “very severe risk of outbreak of fire ” , according to a press release. “The conditions are particularly difficult: the vegetation and the soils are particularly dry after more than a month of rain”, according to the prefecture.

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Interior Minister GĂ©rald Darmanin expressed Wednesday “great suspicions that the fire which resumed (in Gironde), is the act of arsonists”, during a trip to Aveyron. “This morning, there were eight fires, between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., which started a few hundred meters apart, which is quite unusual,” said the minister.



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