110 hectares burned, 400 firefighters mobilized

More than 110 hectares of vegetation burned on Monday in the Pyrénées-Orientales, requiring the mobilization of 400 firefighters, according to SDIS 66.

The fire broke out shortly before 3 a.m. near Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes and did not threaten any inhabited area. Driven by the Tramontana, a northwest wind, the flames were heading towards a mountainous area, according to firefighters.

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Five planes and a helicopter water bombers were dispatched to the scene.

We hope the wind will drop

“The fire is still not under control. We hope that the wind will drop at the beginning of the afternoon, ”said Captain Brice Lafontaine, of the Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS) of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

The other big fire in Occitania, which ravaged 1,360 hectares in Aveyron, was “fixed” by the firefighters, the prefecture announced on Monday in a press release.


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