Saturday, October 1, 2022

Rain helps quell forest fires in France

PARIS ( Associated Press) – A fierce pine forest fire in a tourist area in southwestern France stopped spreading on Sunday after heavy rains lashed the region as firefighters tried to extinguish it.

Ronan Leustic, a Girona region official, said the 8,000 residents who were evacuated were authorized to return home.

Fires in the Girona and Landes regions have consumed more than 74 square kilometers (29 sq mi) since Tuesday.

Mark Vermeulen, the commander of the Girona fire brigade, said that the fires were not yet extinguished, that they were still burning underground, where there is a lot of peat bog. Roads in the area were reopened to residents only and entry into the forest is prohibited.

More than 360 firefighters arrived on Friday from Germany, Romania, Poland and Austria to help fight the flames in France, adding to more than 1,000 French firefighters already at the scene. Greece and Italy each sent two special Canadian aircraft.

A series of heat waves have triggered a severe drought that has affected much of Europe, creating conditions for wildfires.

A massive fire broke out in the Gerona area last month, forcing the evacuation of more than 39,000 people.

So far this year, flames have consumed more than 600 square kilometers (232 sq mi) in France, more than any other year in the past decade, according to the European Forest Fire Information System.

The European Union’s Copernicus Ground Monitoring Program said satellite images showed projected carbon emissions from wildfires in France between June, July and August were the highest since 2003, reflecting the severity of the fire season this year. it shows.

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