900 Firefighters battle ‘mega-fire’ in southern France

900 Firefighters battle ‘mega-fire’ in southern France : Nearly 900 firefighters supported by aircrafts were deployed on Friday to fight a huge flame located in the southern Gard region, which destroyed up to 600 ha (1,500 acres) over the course of a single night.

“This fire is far from being done, there are fronts in hard-to-reach areas that we haven’t tackled and that are advancing freely,” said Eric Agrinier, a senior member of the fire department.

900 Firefighters battle ‘mega-fire’ in southern France

“It’s going to be a feat of endurance.”

After working into the night the fire started late Thursday night, firefighters started backfires to safeguard the areas that are inhabited.

“We burn some parts (of the forest) so when the fire spreads it reaches an already-burned zone and slows down, that makes it easier to stop its advance,” said Jacques Pages, standing in the middle of a line of flames that lit up the forest in pitch-black.

900 Firefighters battle ‘mega-fire’ in southern France

The emergency response team described the incident as an “mega-fire”, the blaze was reported to have started near the village Bordezac and forced the evacuation of the nearby Besseges and other villages in the evening of Thursday.

The office of the prefect in the area estimated that 100 people were to be accommodated in restaurants and holiday homes in the area. It is located about 90 km (55 miles) north of Montpellier as well as the Mediterranean coast.

“I’ve been finding rooms for people and all the holiday homes are doing the same,” said Regine Marchand, the manager of an eatery in the nearby town of Aujac on a Thursday evening.

“We’ve made them pasta, people left quickly without bringing anything, but they’re keeping their spirits up, there’s a good atmosphere.”

The homes of the people were safe There was the garage and a small home that was damaged.

The Gard region fire department said Friday early morning that 13 firefighters were little injured.

In addition to the personnel on the ground Two planes have been dropping water since early in the morning.

The day before, the air force was up to 12 firefighting planes as well as two helicopters.

The roads were shut down to traffic coming into the Besseges area, and hundreds of firefighters remained at the scene, with some from nearby regions.

Drought increases the risk

As large areas across the nation, the southeast region of France has been afflicted by dry spells this year, which has increased the possibility of fires.

In the heatwave that was unseasonably warm this month, more than 600 hectares burned in a blaze that was sparked through shelling of an artillery range used for training by the army close to the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.

The Bouches-du-Rhone area of the fire service were called out to help with 35 fires on Thursday. Many of them near populated areas.

Four houses were destroyed near southern city Arles and 250 firefighters were called out to a brushfire in Saint-Mitre-les-Remparts.

While a few other fires started within the southern part of France during the day on Thursday the majority were put out by the time it got dark.

The fire department warned that hundreds of acres of forested areas were in danger in the wake of winds that reached upwards of 80 km/h (50 miles per hour) caused flames to spread through the trees that had dried out.

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