Pyrénées-Atlantiques : forest fire in spectacular surroundings dAnglet - The Point

The fire erupted on Thursday afternoon in the forest of Chiberta. As reported in several local media, as our colleagues from the South West, the fire of Anglet

Pyrénées-Atlantiques : forest fire in spectacular surroundings dAnglet - The Point

The fire erupted on Thursday afternoon in the forest of Chiberta. As reported in several local media, as our colleagues from the South West, the fire of Anglet were always mobilized Thursday night to combat the flames come dangerously close to homes, some of which had to be evacuated.

"Several tens of acres burned", has indicated to the Agence France-Presse the mayor Claude Olive.. "The Canadair come to make their last rotation. They have helped and now the fire department will intervene in the foot", he continued, as night was falling. In addition to these two planes bombers of water, at least 65 firefighters were involved on this urban area, according to the fire department. The prefecture indicates that 40 hectares not been devastated, and that 100 hectares of the land are threatened, and that a house has been burned.

dozens of people have been forced to evacuate their home, noted a correspondent of the Agence France-Presse, which has seen people leave in a car with suitcases thrown on in a hurry in their vehicle. "In the bottom of my street, the fire approached the houses and they were very strong, we all climbed into our cars," said a resident to the correspondent of the AFP.

"In 20 hours everything was going well, and then at 20: 30, we were told "That the whole world kind ! the wind has turned'", tells in tears a young girl evacuated from the apartment of her boyfriend. "I had flames ten meters ! Usually, here, there is no wind," says the inhabitant of a house at end of street, on the edge of the forest. The forest of Chiberta, composed of pine trees, is an island of greenery within the urban agglomeration of Bayonne-Biarritz-Anglet densely populated.

heat Wave

The fire comes as the region is hit by a major heat wave. Twenty kilometers of the city of Saint-Jean-de-Luz has largely defeated this Thursday, its highest temperature with the 41.9 °C identified by Météo-France at 17: 00, beating a previous mark, going back to the episode heatwave of 2003, as several other stations in the south-west.

Updated Date: 30 July 2020, 16:33

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