France: more than 3000 people evacuated in the south due to a fire

France: more than 3000 people evacuated in the south due to a fire

A firefighter is at work to put out a fire in Massegros, in the south of France, on August 9, 2022, while a forest fire is in progress in the Grands Causses natural park.

More than 3000 people, inhabitants of villages in the south of France, in the Aveyron, and holidaymakers, were evacuated on Tuesday in the face of the progression of a fire which ravaged at least 700 hectares of vegetation, without injured.

In the south of France, the fire started at the end of the day Monday from Massegros, in the department of Lozère, and started by an agricultural machine, then spread towards Aveyron, to the village of Mostuéjouls, noted an AFP correspondent.

Firefighters light fires in Mostuejouls, southern France, on August 9, 2022, as a prophylactic measure to slow the advance of an ongoing fire in the Grands Causses natural park.

Tuesday at the end of the morning, the fire fanned by the wind and the drought was no longer progressing. Firefighters set tactical fires to preemptively burn vegetation to halt the advancing fire.

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of the entire perched village of Mostuéjouls, in the Gorges du Tarn in the heart of the Cévennes National Park, not far from the conifer forest engulfed in flames.

People evacuated as a preventive measure were directed to village halls and schools in neighboring municipalities.

The flames were a few hundred meters away, the gendarmes and the firefighters came to tell us to evacuate, we all had to leave in the middle of the night, testifies Gabin Castro, manager of guest rooms, worried about his accommodation , tree houses.

We are a few kilometers from the fire, but we evacuated because of the toxic fumes, said his side to the ;AFP the manager of the campsite of the inn Le terroir in Mostuéjouls, Nicolas Bouviala, of which 200 customers have been sheltered as a preventive measure.

The prefecture called and said, " You have to start evacuating the campsite slowly ". Half an hour later there was no one there, he explained.

Burnt trees in Massegros, in the south of France, as the fire advances in the Grands Causses natural park.

The fire started because of an agricultural machine whose metallic element scraped the very hot tar of the road, causing sparks. In a context of severe drought, part of a departmental road caught fire, according to firefighters.

The farmer who was driving the tractor -even called the emergency services, before using water from his cistern to fight the flames. He also contacted several farmers who came to lend him a hand.

Water bomber planes, already mobilized on Monday, resumed their rotations around 7 a.m., according to reports. witnesses.

More than 600 firefighters from several departments are on site, according to the local prefecture.

With already more than 47,000 hectares burned since the beginning of the year, France experienced a record number of burned areas in July, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which has kept comparable statistics since 2006.< /p>

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