Wildfires rage out of control in southwestern France

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – More than 10,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Gironde region around Bordeaux. Weeks of record heat and drought have set fires across the countryside, leaving the crater dry.

– World news –

More than 1,000 firefighters, aided by hydrogen-bomb aircraft, battled a third-day “monster” wildfire near Bordeaux, France’s wine-growing capital, on Thursday, following the ferociousness seen before the weekend. The temperature never subsided.

French officials warned on Thursday that flare-ups could push large wildfires further into the country’s dry southwest, France24 reported.

Weather forecasters predict temperatures in the area could top 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday.

The wildfires, which first broke out a month ago in July, were France’s driest month since 1961, destroying 14,000 hectares and displacing thousands of people before they were brought under control.

However, the crater’s dry pine forest and peat-rich soil continue to smolder, and officials suspect arson may have played a role in the recent flare-up.

“All night long we fought to stop the fire from spreading and especially to protect the village of Belin-Berrier,” Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Mendouse of the Gironde Fire and Rescue Service told journalists at nearby Hostens.

Mendouz said 17 homes had collapsed or been damaged since Tuesday, displacing nearly 10,000 people, but no eviction orders from the area were expected “for the time being”.

Pungent smoke pervades vast stretches of the Atlantic coast and its beaches, attracting large numbers of tourists each summer and local ARS health agencies “strongly” urging people to wear protective masks.

The smoke has also forced the closure of the A63 motorway, the main highway to Spain between Bordeaux and Bayonne.

France suffered a record drought this summer, forcing water restrictions across the country and a series of heatwaves that many experts said were caused by climate change. was hit by

Eight major wildfires are now raging in several parts of the country, and Interior Minister Gerard Dalmannin, who is scheduled to meet with Gironde authorities on Thursday, said Sweden and Italy have sent firefighting aircraft to help. said there is. Wildfires rage out of control in southwestern France

Back to top button