It’s 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Two huge plumes of smoke, visible for about thirty kilometers, rise in the sky of the Arrée mountains. The first concerns Brennilis. It is located between the places called Corsforn and Kermorvan. The fire advances rapidly, pushed and fanned by an east wind. On the municipal road C1, residents have gathered. “The nightmare continues, laments a man. We will never get out of it. “In Brennilis the fire progressed very quickly in extremely dry vegetation, fanned by a strong wind. (Photo Didier Déniel)Cattle brought to safetyNot far from there, farmers decided to change fields with their cattle panicked by the flames. “They didn’t know where to go. They went up and down the hill. The fire can progress and cross the road, explains Dominique Coadour, deputy mayor who is managing the situation. Two houses are on display. I asked that we secure the surroundings. Yesterday, already, there were resumptions of fire. “Worried residents witness the advance of the flames. (Photo Didier Déniel) Fortunately, the work of the firefighters paid off. The flames will finally be contained after having devoured fir trees. They will not reach this road axis, thanks to the stubbornness of the thirty men engaged in this theater of operations. For the greatest relief of one of the residents who, despite a calm he wants to appear, is suffering from a very stressful situation. “I am restoring my house which is 400 m from the flames. It would be a tragedy if the fire happened. In the evening, 15 hectares had burned and a hundred others were still threatened, an area far from the power plant. Farmers bring their cattle to safety in another field. (Photo Didier Déniel)The wind revives the embersThe minutes pass. From Brennilis we suddenly see impressive clouds of smoke coming from Brasparts, where the situation seems very tense. There, it is the sector of Stumenven which is concerned, on the road to Saint-Rivoal. It is a very wooded area, planted with softwoods, where the fire finds food. “It’s a furnace up there, comments a firefighter. The east wind is violent and keeps getting stronger. We will have a hard time extinguishing the flames. For a few hours, we have seen fumaroles everywhere. The flames resume where they were treated in July. A hundred firefighters and 35 machines are engaged in this forest fire. In the sky revolves the helicopter of the gendarmerie. A specific command post was activated, as well as a medical support post. So much so that the authorities decided to ban all traffic on two departmental roads: the D30 which leads to Saint-Rivoal and the D785 which runs from north to south the Arrée mountains and which passes at the foot of Mont-Saint-Michel. In the evening, the sub-prefect of Brest, Jean-Philippe Setbon, specified that at this stage, “the criminal trail of the fire was not proven. A hundred firefighters and machines are currently mobilized, with extra-departmental reinforcements, teams from Ille-et-Vilaine and Côtes-d’Armor. The hamlet of Kilivihan, of about ten inhabitants on the road to Saint-Rivoal, was evacuated. The fire is not yet under control. For the hours to come, everything will depend on whether the wind weakens or not. Air resources had been requested but the Dash, the water bomber plane, was sent on another mission, “priority because homes are threatened”, we told the prefecture in the evening. A hundred firefighters were engaged yesterday on the two main fires of the Arrée mountains. (Photo Didier Deniel)
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