Tuesday, September 27, 2022

forest fires in south-western France; 8,000 withdrawals

This photo provided by the fire department of the Gironde region of France shows the flames from the wildfire in Saint Magne, south of Bordeaux, on August 10, 2022.  (SDIS 33 service audiovisual via AP)
This photo provided by the fire department of the Gironde region of France shows the flames from the wildfire in Saint Magne, south of Bordeaux, on August 10, 2022.  (SDIS 33 service audiovisual via AP)
This photo provided by the fire department of the Gironde region of France shows the flames from the wildfire in Saint Magne, south of Bordeaux, on August 10, 2022.  (SDIS 33 service audiovisual via AP)

This photo provided by the fire department of the Gironde region of France shows the flames from the wildfire in Saint Magne, south of Bordeaux, on August 10, 2022. (SDIS 33 service audiovisual via Associated Press)

This photo provided by the fire department of the Gironde region of France shows the flames from the wildfire in Saint Magne, south of Bordeaux, on August 10, 2022. (SDIS 33 service audiovisual via Associated Press)

PARIS ( Associated Press) – Firefighters battled wildfires in southwestern France on Wednesday in an area known for its pine forests and already engulfed in flames last month.

The fire forced about 8,000 people to relocate and destroyed at least 16 homes. Authorities closed a major road near the city of Bordeaux on Wednesday afternoon as the flames neared.

Authorities in Spain’s Basque Country said France was blocking cargo trucks from crossing the Irun border because of the flames.

Photos provided by firefighters showed pine trees engulfed in flames, sending clouds of black smoke rising over the forest.

The latest wildfire to spread to a European country has burned more than 60 square kilometers (23 sq mi) in the Gironde region and neighboring Landes as the continent endures a dry and extremely hot summer.

Interior Minister Gerald Dormann announced the sending of more firefighters to the site in an effort to contain the fire. In all, over 1,000 firefighters, nine aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilized, he said.

The Gironde area came under fire in July, forcing the evacuation of more than 39,000 people, including residents and tourists.

France is in the midst of a fourth heat wave of the year this week and the government is facing what it says is the worst drought in living memory. Temperatures are expected to reach 40 °C (104 Fahrenheit) in the south of the country.

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