Fire in Gironde: The forest fire in La Teste-de-Buch is “fixed”
Thanks to more favorable weather, firefighters managed to put out the La Teste-de-Buch fire in southwestern France after eleven days of fierce battles against the flames. However, the area remains under close surveillance and significant resources are mobilized according to the provinces.
It is a relief for firefighters and residents of the sector: the fire which has ravaged 7,000 hectares of forest since July 12 in La Teste-de-Buch in the Bassin d’Arcachon is “now repaired”, said Saturday July 23. The province of Gironde, unlike the other major Girondin fires declared on July 12, near Landiras (south), which no longer take place.
After eleven days of fighting the flames, preventively “all the evacuated inhabitants” in this town are now “authorized to return to their homes with the support of the national police”, added the prefecture in a press release.
In total, these “megafires” have consumed around 21,000 hectares of forest in Gironde since July 12 and forced more than 36,000 residents or holidaymakers to evacuate their habitats, including 6,000 holidaymakers to the very touristy Dune du. Pilate was evacuated from the camps, which were later destroyed. Flames.
Officials said there were no casualties in the fire.
In Landiras, about forty kilometers south of Bordeaux, the fire which burns 13,800 hectares of forest is “not yet under control”, “because of the risk of recovery”, specifies the prefecture. This fire is still considered “under control”.
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According to the press release, “about thirty houses are active, with civil engineering work continuing to monitor this mass, treat the edges and restart the fire”.
“The situation continues to improve,” said the prefecture.
Two Canadians and two forest firefighting helicopters were mobilized, while 1,300 firefighters were still hard at work on Friday on the two sites, even if now “columns of extra-territorial firefighters are slowly returning to their service” .
According to firefighters, a fire is “fixed” when they feel it will not continue. It is then “controlled”, then “extinguished” then “monitored”.
According to the Gironde prefecture Fabien Buccio, who said Friday evening these two fires “extinguished, it will be another matter, it will take time”.
“Preparing for the end of the crisis”
While all evacuees from the La Teste-de-Buch area can now return home, which some people were authorized to do by the prefecture on Thursday, that a third of the 16,000 people evacuated from the communes of the Landiras Sector Un little less for now the green the return signal has not been given.
But “the authorities continue to study the possibilities of (their) reinvestment region by region”, assured the prefecture.
Saturday afternoon, the inhabitants of four municipalities in the sector – Le Tuzan, Balizac, Saint-Léger-de-Balson and Saint-Symphorion (except five municipalities) – were able to reopen their shutters. In the morning, he belonged to Cazaux, a town in La Teste-de Buch, evacuated on July 14, who have already been able to return to their homes.
The prefecture has again authorized pleasure boating on the western shore of Lake Cazaux-Sanguinette and the southern pass at the entrance to the Arcachon basin.
The prefect should bring together elected officials and economic players from the two affected regions on Monday to “prepare for the end of the crisis on the economic level”.
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The Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Health Agency said on Friday that after preliminary data reports, “the health impact of the fires on the general population appears to be very moderate”. She says she is cautious because the data analyzed does not include the liberal medical field which may have been solicited.
The smoke from a “megafire” in Gironde was felt on Tuesday in part of France, especially in Paris, affecting air quality.
Faced with the scale of the crisis and the start of a dispute over the means of fighting fires in France, President Emmanuel Macron went to Gironde on Wednesday, where he insisted that France adopt ” more” firefighting aircraft. will have to do
According to the President of the Republic, 22 civil defense aircraft “have been enough in recent years. (…) Do we need more? The answer is yes”.