The fires are far from extinguished, but their progress is limited


GIRONDE FIRES In La Teste-de-Buch and Landiras (Gironde), fires that have been raging for a week continue to gain ground, even if their progress is somewhat controlled. Maps, pictures and latest information.

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  • The fires that have raged for a week in La Teste-de-Buch and Landyras (Gironde) are still not extinguished this Wednesday, July 20, 2022. More than 20,000 hectares have been destroyed in the department since the fire broke out.
  • However, on Tuesday evening, the prefecture welcomed “limited progress”, particularly due to the installation of a firewall for the first time in La Teste-de-Buche.
  • As of Tuesday’s fresh evacuation, 36,750 people have now had to leave their homes across the department.
  • This Wednesday afternoon, Emmanuel Macron will go there with Gerald Darmanin in the afternoon.
  • Follow the evolution of the situation live.

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07:55 – What is the latest update on the Gironde fire?

At the start of the day, let’s review the recent situation of the two fires affecting La Teste-de-Buch and Landyras (Gironde):

  • The two lights still didn’t go out.
  • According to the latest data from the prefecture, 20,300 hectares of forest were burned in one week in the two municipalities: 7,000 in La Teste and 13,300 in Landiras.
  • On Tuesday, for the first time in a week, “the progress of the fire was limited”, thanks to the installation of firewalls, especially at La Teste, to stop the progress of the fire.
  • The total number of people evacuated is 36,700: 20,000 in the Teste-de-Buch sector and 16,700 in Landiras.

07:50 – Hello everyone!

Hello everyone and welcome to Linternaute to follow with us the latest information on the progress of the fires in Gironde, La Teste-de-Buch and Landiras.

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The fires in Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch in the Gironde, broke out around 3pm on Tuesday 12 July and within an hour of each other. In La Teste-de-Buche, the fire was accidental, the town’s mayor, Patrick Davet, said on the microphone. France in the Blue Gironde, Saturday July 16, 2022. A hypothesis is confirmed by several converging clues. An electrical failure in an overheated vehicle, such as a van, is by some accounts the cause of the fire. The vehicle was parked on the underside of runway 214 at the edge of a pine forest, allowing the fire to spread within minutes. News from police sources south west, the driver is a campsite employee who was on his way to the recycling center when he collapsed. Seeing the flames, the driver immediately called emergency services but did not have time to use his extinguisher. On July 18 Bordeaux public prosecutor Frédéric Portery noted that an investigation was underway for “unintentional destruction of wood, forest fire due to violation of safety obligations”. The prosecution added that the damaged vehicle is not accessible for now but will be sealed and examined “to establish the cause of the fire” as soon as conditions permit.

In Landiras, fire can be of criminal origin. The Bordeaux prosecutor said that “criminal detection technicians were able to make findings that recognized malicious acts”. The investigation of destruction by wood fires, forests that could have caused human casualties was entrusted to the Langone Research Brigade which questioned itself on possible links between the fires mentioned on the same day and other fire outbreaks. A track that does not confirm any material for the moment but according to the prosecution “clues remain to be exploited to exclude or retain the thesis of the same author”. A man was taken into custody for questioning on Monday 18 July. It is suspected to be the cause of the specific fire but not the original fire France in the Blue Gironde.

Landiras, a commune in the Sud-Gironde, is the largest of the two fires that broke out in the department on July 12, 2022. This Tuesday, July 19, more than 12,800 hectares have burned around Landirras and the arrondissement. Langone, according to Lieutenant-Colonel of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service of Gironde (Sdis 33), contacted Arnaud Mendos. Internet users. The forest fire is more than 15 kilometers long and spread across a wide perimeter. Between Sunday and Monday night the fire re-emerged and has since advanced on all fronts threatening Langan district. The day of July 18 was the culmination of the fight against the fire but the fight still seems to be difficult for the firefighters due to adverse conditions. Temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius and especially the presence of swirling winds made the fire difficult to control. Still, firewalls and four days of tactical fires allowed firefighters to keep the fire under control.

According to the communications officer of Sdis 33, the Landiras fire has spread to about thirteen municipalities and more than 14,000 people have been evacuated by resistance since July 12. More than 8,000 people had to leave their homes on the day of 18 July. Other evacuations may occur depending on the progress of the fire. Despite the power of the fires, which are sometimes “more than 100 meters high,” according to Bruno Lafon, president of the Defense of Forests Against Fires (DFCI), France in the Blue Gironde And the scale of the fire near Landiras caused no casualties and only half a dozen houses were burned.

In La Teste-de-Buche, this Tuesday, July 19, according to the latest information from Sdis 33, the fire burned 6,500 hectares. Near the Arcachon basin, the fire spread south of the Dune du Pilat and reached the sea, burning in particular patches of forest at the edge of Petit Nice and La Lagoon beaches. Between Monday and Tuesday nights, winds pushing the flames southward redirected the fire to the north of La Teste and Paila. Changing winds still make progress of the fire possible in the North and South and Lands sections. Despite the spread of the fire, no one was injured and materially only five campsites in the town of Paila-sur-Mer were up to 90% destroyed.

On the afternoon of July 18, a third fire broke out in the Gironde. In Médoc, in the north of the department, it was the town of Vensac that was affected by the outbreak of the fire. The Gironde Departmental Fire and Rescue Service immediately deployed more than 200 firefighters as well as aviation resources to extinguish the new fire as a priority. A “very effective” protocol according to Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Mendoux of Sdis 33 who explained Internet users It is easiest to control a fire when it catches fire. On the morning of July 19, the Vensac fire was contained and firefighters entered the fire control phase. According to the officer of Sdis 33, extinction of Vensak fire is possible in the evening or tomorrow at the latest.

Landes, a department bordering the Gironde, is closely monitoring the progress of the fires, particularly in La Teste-de-Buch which is burning in the forest just three kilometers from the Landes border and the town of Biscarosse. On July 18, the La Teste-de-Buch fires moved south but on July 19 winds redirected them north. A new direction change is not impossible and Lands must be careful. Especially since they might be worried about the fires of Landiras. This July 19, the village of Mano, north of Landes, was evacuated in the face of the progress of the fire which is only 2.5 km away.

The Landes department prepared for the fire by widening the firewall on the Gironde border. “There was an existing firewall ten meters wide, which is being widened to 30 meters. Jean-Yves Perez, member of Landes SDIS, yesterday France in the Blue Gironde.

On July 18, around 3:30 p.m., a fire broke out in Landes in the town of Vert. The cause of the fire has not yet been communicated by the prefecture but we do know that around thirty hectares of pine forest have burned. A portion of the air assets deployed to Gironde were mobilized on emerging fires, with priority over fires already started.

The fires in the Gironde and where are they spreading? First, the first fires occurred in the town of La Teste-de-Buch in the west of the department, near Arcachon, along the Dun du Pilat and the Atlantic Ocean. The fire is moving south, towards the towns of Landes and Biscarosse. Further east, a second fire broke out in Landyras, 45 km south of Bordeaux. There, too, weather and wind are driving the flames southward.

The fire is so intense and the smoke has reached such a level that it is possible to observe the event from the sky and space. The European Copernicus Satellite Imagery Program has captured impressive images, where you can see very well the progress of the plume in the western part of the region.

Here are fire maps from special sites on forest fires in France, which allow you to see the progress of claims in the Gironde, but also in the Landes and other regions of France. This is a map that lists fires reported by a community of Internet users in real time

At this stage, the two fires that took place in Landirras and La Teste-de-Buch (Gironde) claimed no victims. No one has been injured or killed so far. Only the trees were burnt. These forest fires displaced more than 37,000 people in the department, including more than 16,000 on 18 July.

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