Fire In Landiras – Officials said on Wednesday that a fire that was responsible for the destruction of thousands of hectares of tinder-dry forest in southwest France had rekindled in the midst of a severe drought and the most recent heat wave of the summer. Since Tuesday afternoon, the fire that is being referred to as the Landiras blaze has spread to an additional 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of pine forest, which has resulted in the evacuation of approximately 3,800 persons.
Homes Damaged/ Speed Limit Reduced
Near the village of Belin-Beliet, sixteen homes were damaged, but there were no reported injuries in the seaside area that is visited by large numbers of tourists throughout the summer. The prefecture issued a warning that the fire was getting closer to the A63 motorway, which is an important thoroughfare that connects Bordeaux and Spain. In preparation for the possibility that smoke will reduce vision on the roadway, speed limits have been reduced to 90 kilometers per hour (55 miles per hour), and a full shutdown may be mandated if the fire continues to spread.
According to a statement released by Gironde regional authority. “The fire is extremely violent and has spread to the Landes department” further south, home of the Landes de Gascogne regional park, the prefecture said.
Landiras Fire: Largest Fire in southwest France
The Landiras fire, which started in July, was the largest of several fires that have burned this year in southwest France. This region has been buffeted this year by record dryness as well as a series of heat waves. Some of the fires were started intentionally by arsonists, and officials first assumed that someone criminal was responsible for the fire at Landiras. A suspect was eventually let go by the police due to a lack of proof. There are approximately 500 firefighters currently on the scene, and water is being dropped from planes overhead.
Before they were brought under control, the fires in Landiras and another huge blaze near Arcachon scorched a combined 21,000 hectares and caused more than 36,000 people to be forced to abandon their homes. However, the fires were not completely extinguished. Since Monday, a forest fire in western France, close to the cities of Angers and Le Mans, has scorched 1,200 hectares of land, and over 400 firemen are working to bring it under control.
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