6,000 hectares burned and 3,800 people evacuated

Renewed fires near Landiras (Gironde), the scene of a gigantic fire in July, have ravaged 6,000 hectares of pine forests since Tuesday afternoon, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people, announced Wednesday morning 10 August the prefecture of Gironde.

Since Tuesday 1 p.m., 300 firefighters supported by Canadairs, Dash and water bomber helicopter have been fighting against a virulent resumption of flames in this forest sector close to the already disaster area of ​​Landiras.

the “Fire is very virulent and has spread to the Landes department. The municipalities of Hostens, Saint-Magne and the sectors of Belin-Béliet have been evacuated”or about 3,800 people, according to a press release.

No injuries to report

The fire also destroyed 16 houses in several areas of the town of Belin-Béliet where an evacuation operation of around 2,000 people was underway. “No injuries are to be deplored”according to the prefecture.

Furthermore, the prefecture reports that “The front of the fire is heading towards the A63 (Highway direction Bayonne-Bordeaux). the manager of the motorway does not notice any hindrance to visibility but in the immediate future, a lowering of the speed to 90 km/h and a reduction to two traffic lanes out of three in the Bayonne-Bordeaux direction have been decided.. Depending on the evolution of the fire, a shutdown of the highway is planned.


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