The fires in Peyriac-de-Mer and Durban in the Corbières are now under control. Those of Bizanet, near Narbonne, are still active this Wednesday morning. Some 240 firefighters are still mobilized on these four fires. Five firefighters were injured, including one seriously and one more lightly, after falling into intervention.
Bizanet fires still active
The two fires still active in Bizanet devastated between 60 and 80 hectares. One of the fires may last all day this Wednesday because of the tramontana. Some 130 firefighters are mobilized in this sector to secure the perimeter against the risk of the spread of flames. The second fire started a little upstream of the area. About twenty firefighters are on site.
A hundred firefighters from Haute-Garonne du Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn-et-Garonne and Ariège were called in as reinforcements on Tuesday, as 80 firefighters from Hérault. The firefighters are supported by a Dash, two water bombers and four Canadair.
As a precaution, two hamlets were evacuated to a gymnasium in Peyriac-de-Mer: these are the hamlets of Mont Milan and Pech Rascas. Fifteen people were affected by these evacuations. “The hamlets in the Miauque sector are currently protected at their sensitive points”, indicates the Aude prefecture.
Traffic side, the departmental road 613 has been closed from the intersection with the D423 towards Fontfroide, the A9 has also been cut for more than three hours.
The fires of Durban and Peyriac-de-Mer fixed
About fifty firefighters also remain mobilized this Wednesday around the Peyriac-de-Mer fire which devastated around thirty hectares before being brought under control overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, because the area is very exposed to the wind. According to the Aude firefighters, there is a risk of recovery. In addition, in Durban in the Corbieres, the fire is stable but around forty firefighters remain on site this Wednesday.
The population called “with the greatest caution”
An airline has been hit depriving 737 subscribers of electricity in the municipalities of Durban, St-Jean-de-Barrou, Embres-et-Castmaure, Fraysse-des-Corbières and Villesèque-des-Corbières. Enedis agents were on site on Tuesday to install generators and restore electricity.
The prefect of Aude calls on the population “to be extremely careful, to avoid the area and to respect all the instructions put in place, in particular concerning travel in order to optimize the action of the means implemented to combat this particularly complex and virulent fire due to unfavorable climatic conditions “.
The Aude prefecture recalls that the La Clape, Cremade-Pinede and Fontfroide forest areas are prohibited from access.