Aude: a fire covers 800 hectares in Moux, between Narbonne and Carcassonne

July 25, 2021 by No Comments

A forest fire broke out on Saturday July 24 in Moux (Aude), between Carcassonne and Narbonne. He had already covered 800 hectares at 10:10 p.m., said the Aude prefecture in a press release. For his part, Colonel Jean-Luc Beccari, director of the departmental fire and rescue service (Sdis) of Aude, explained on franceinfo that “the fire is still active”.

The fire broke out around 1 p.m., after “a fire start on the A61 motorway”, explains the prefecture, more precisely “of the central reservation”, detailed Jean-Luc Beccari. “Anyone will be able to deduce the possible origin quite easily. Unfortunately, it is very likely to be a butt throw.”

From there, the fire “spread with the wind over the shoulders and into the nearby pine forests”, explained the director of Sdis de l’Aude. This forest is according to him “very dense”, “downwind” and “with inaccessible parts”. Moreover, in the evening, “the wind has risen and strengthened”.

To face the flames, 500 firefighters were mobilized in the evening and 200 others were to arrive as reinforcements, including a hundred from Bouches-du-Rhône. “They are fighting hard”, said Colonel Jean-Luc Beccari. Two Dash planes, six Canadair and a water bomber helicopter were also engaged but “had to return to their base” In the evening.

The situation had stabilized at 10:10 p.m. in Fontcouverte, where 90 people had been evacuated in the afternoon. The fire was no longer moving towards the west and the mountain of Alaric, but further south, towards the town of Fabrezan. The prefecture did not find any injuries or damage to the buildings. The situation has also improved on the A61 motorway, reopened in the Toulouse-Narbonne direction and exempted from speed reduction in the other direction.

The firefighters were preparing Saturday night to spend another big day facing the flames on Sunday. “The weather forecast is unfavorable, explained the director of Sdis. We should have sustained Tramontana with rising temperatures. “

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