New fires break out in southern France despite rain

More than 1,000 people fled their homes on Sunday as forest fires flared in southern France, but rains in other parts of the country kept the flames under control.

It’s been a tough summer in France. This year will be a record year for extreme temperatures, massive droughts and horrific wildfires.

One such fire in the South Aveyron area flared up last Monday and when it appeared to have faded by Saturday, suddenly regained momentum and reignited in what the local prefecture called “a ferocious manner”. , and burned more than 500 hectares of land. .

An estimated 1,000 people were evacuated from Mostuehorus village and six nearby settlements, according to the county. About 3,000 residents had already been evicted because of the fire, but were allowed to return when it first appeared to be under control. The fires have caused no casualties, but have burned a total of 1,260 hectares so far.

The fire is believed to have been accidental, caused by a local man scraping the road with his car, sending sparks into the dry vegetation.

Meanwhile, conditions around Bordeaux have improved thanks to overnight rains that have raged with large fires since last Tuesday.

The situation “improved considerably during the night”, said Arnaud Mendouse, the Gironde Fire and Rescue official, who said the area was receiving between 10 and 30mm of rain, but “very dry terrain”. added.

However, he made it clear that the threats weren’t over. “We know this will provide temporary respite, but it doesn’t mean the fight is over. We know that the risk is significantly increased if there is no rain for the next 48 to 72 hours.”

In the Brocéliande forest region northwest of Brittany, a mythical site where King Arthur is said to have roamed and where wildfires are rare, the fires were put under control after overnight rains, but were still monitored after burning 400 hectares. was below.

Rain in much of France on Sunday not only improved fire conditions, but also lowered temperatures and raised humidity levels, making people’s daily lives more manageable. New fires break out in southern France despite rain

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