France’s largest wildfire might be ‘act of arson’ — Analysis
Gerald Darmanin Interior Minister says that Gironde’s blaze-eaten origins are suspect
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin indicated Wednesday that he believed the Gironde forest fire started by arsonists. This week more than 6200 ha have been destroyed. The major road leading to Bordeaux was closed and 10,000 people were told to flee.
“There were eight fires, between 8 and 9 this morning, that started a few hundred meters apart, which is quite unusual,”Darmanin spoke to reporters while on a visit to Aveyron, central France.
Along with Elisabeth Borne (French Prime Minister), he will be seen in Gironde Thursday. “total”Mobilization to combat the blaze
“On several fronts, our firefighters are facing particularly violent fires,”she saidOn Wednesday “The mobilization of the government and state services, alongside local elected officials, volunteers and residents, is total.”
A wildfire erupted in the southern Gironde area, which was once considered to be contained. It raged for two days. Local media described the flames as “out of control,”More than 6,200 hectares were lost to fire in the forest area of Hostens. The temporary closure of A63, which links Bordeaux with Bayonne, was necessary because of this.
Saint-Magne is under threat from the fire, as well as Landiras. The fire also threatens Landes’ neighboring Prefecture. Beliet with approximately 2,500 inhabitants was the last town to be evacuated. There haven’t been any reported casualties.
Darmanin claimed that there were over 1000 firefighters involved, 9 planes, 2 helicopters, and more than 1,000 people fighting fires. Darmanin urged employers in the area to permit volunteer firefighters to work to help fight the fire.
Hostens is the most active of the approximately half dozen active fires in France. It was followed by the Hostens fire near Bauge-en-Anjou, Maine-et-Loire. The latter was at 1,200 ha as of Wednesday noon.
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