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In France, towards the beginning of a lull in the fires with the end of the heat wave

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The weather will remain very hot on Saturday in France, but the arrival of a stormy disturbance from the Southwest should facilitate the work of the firefighters, still mobilized against the fires in Gironde. The heat will continue to rage Saturday August 13 over a large part of France, before the arrival in the evening of thunderstorms and rain from the west, bad weather which could help firefighters still fighting fires in Gironde and in the Landes. Eighteen departments are on orange alert, including 16, from the south-west to Finistère, on heat wave orange alert. But this heat wave should end on Sunday, with thunderstorms over most of France. The two departments of Corsica are placed on orange storm vigilance from Saturday.>> To read: “France: what risks does the third heat wave pose to nuclear power plants?” The impact of storms on the fires in progress remains difficult, however. to be expected, in particular because of the risk of strong gusts which can be problematic for firefighters. call it the firefighters, has not seen any progress for more than 48 hours after ravaging 7,400 hectares of pines. On Friday evening, the inhabitants of certain sectors of the Landes municipalities of Moustey and Saugnac-et-Muret were authorized to return home, and, on this Saturday classified as “red” by Bison Futé, the authorities have decided to reopen the A63, which connects Bordeaux to Spain, closed since Wednesday for a portion of 20 km. But “the fire is still active on the west side,” warned the p refute from Gironde Fabienne Buccio, recalling that a thousand firefighters were still mobilized, supported by German and Romanian colleagues, bridgeheads of a contingent of 361 firefighters, also including Poles and Austrians. A record year for the EU “We are all volunteers here. We are trained, we want to help”, confided Tone Neuhalfel, a 36-year-old German firefighter who said he faced a fire “very impressive” and incomparable to those he has already seen in Germany. On the air base of Mérignac, near Bordeaux, two Italian Canadairs and 2 Greek Canadairs arrived on Friday morning. “We are happy because we know that we are helping you, friends,” said Commander Anastasis Sariouglou, 36, who is on his first mission in France. .In Hostens, in Gironde, where the CP had taken on the air of a Spanish inn, the head of the detachment, Romanian Colonel Cristian Buhaiànu, assured that his 77 firefighters – uniforms with red suspenders, caps and flocked ‘pompierii’ trucks – were “ready from the field”, soon joined by 21 Polynesian fire soldiers.>> To read: “Heat wave: in the seas and oceans too, species are suffocating””They arrive from the other side of the world to come and support their comrades who fight against flames in Gironde: thank you to our firefighters in Polynesia for their solidarity. Mauruuru!” (thank you in Tahitian), tweeted President Emmanuel Macron in the afternoon. In France, three times more hectares have burned than the annual average of the last ten years, and the year is record in European Union since the start of surveys in 2006. Even the Jura, with its normally more moderate climate, has been hit by two fires. In Brittany, a fire on Friday destroyed nearly 300 hectares in the Brocéliande forest west of Rennes By late afternoon, it was “two-thirds contained” according to the prefect of Morbihan, Pascal Bolot.DroughtIn Ardèche, the fire, which ravaged at least 320 hectares, was “fixed”, announced Friday after -midday the departmental prefecture, adding that 150 to 200 firefighters remained mobilized. Faced with this “exceptional” situation, several large French companies – Carrefour, Orange, EDF, Axa, Auchan or even GRDF – have taken measures to facilitate the release of their volunteer firefighters, answering the call of the mi Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin. Friday evening, the minister also asked the prefects to “be particularly vigilant” or even to cancel the traditional fireworks of August 15 because of “increased risks of fires”. Precipitation, expected from Saturday evening, will be insufficient to remedy the historic drought that the country is going through, warned Météo-France, after a month of July where less than one centimeter of rain fell on average. will fall on very dry soil, with fairly significant risks of runoff” which does not allow water to be absorbed and increases the risk of flooding “and the risk of hailstones”, warned Claire Chanal, forecaster, during a press briefing on Friday evening. In a large part of France, it is forbidden to water and 73 prefects have even banned water withdrawals from farmers in all or part of their departments. With AFP

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