Nearly 11,000 acres have gone up in smoke, more than 16,000 people evacuated

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19:05 : 🥺 Apocalyptic vision of the Dune du Pilat forest #latestedebuch right now seen from Banc d’Arguin 📸 Jean-Philippe Allilaire for @ F3Aquitaine #fire #gironde #fire #firefighters https://t.co/a7MGX1437C

19:06 : A “apocalyptic vision”. The fire in Teste-de-Buch (Gironde) reached the sea in the afternoon. France 3 Aquitaine published impressive images from the Banc d’Arguin.

18:51 kl. : Hi @Testetikeren. You are right in pointing out that these large-scale fires are dramatic for biodiversity. This article from France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine tells volunteers who mobilize to save pets and pets. But for wild animals, the task is much more complicated. And it is only after the cessation of the fire that we can measure the destruction of e.g. the insect populations.

I therefore allow myself to send you this article published in 2020 by The Conversation and which deals specifically with the specific case of insects: “Large fires therefore constitute terrible ecological disasters (in the first sense of the word: rapid changes in the state of an ecological system). Science and consequently the media neglect the direct and indirect impact on a large part of biodiversity: insects and all invertebrates”can we read.

18:38. : Hi. And still nothing about the disappearance of wild species and birds, which is significant. They represent nothing? It is shameful this silence towards them. 10,000 hectares have gone up in smoke, how many animals and insects?

18:37 : Here’s a new point in the news this late afternoon:

Météo France has put 15 departments on the Atlantic coast in red alert for the heat wave, 51 others and Andorra is on orange alert. Tomorrow will probably be one of the hottest ever recorded in France.

• Belgian sprinter Jasper Philippsen wins the sprint in Carcassonne and wins the 15th stage of the Tour de France.

• Emmanuel Macron celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Vel’d’Hiv roundup from Pithiviers. Relive this speech here.

A total of 10,600 hectares of forest have been burned in the Gironde in the fires that hit Teste-de-Buch and Landiras. Franceinfo compared this area with the size of Paris, Marseille and Lyon. And here’s what it provides.

18.20 : A total of 10,600 hectares of forest have been burned since Tuesday in the Gironde in the fires that hit Teste-de-Buch and Landiras: 7,200 hectares in Landiras and 3,400 in La Teste-de-Buch. Because it is difficult to imagine such surfaces, franceinfo compared them to the size of Paris, Marseille and Lyon. And here’s what it provides.
This corresponds to an area of ​​11,000 hectares on the Paris scale.  (GOOGLE EARTH)This corresponds to an area of ​​11,000 hectares on the Marseilles scale.  (GOOGLE EARTH)This corresponds to an area of ​​11,000 hectares on the Lyon scale.  (GOOGLE EARTH)

18.20 : 16,100 people have been evacuated since Tuesday, reports France Bleu Gironde. This afternoon, the sub-prefect Langon announced the evacuation of 2,100 people in Cabanac, north of Landiras, after evacuating Villagrains yesterday. Other evacuations had been carried out yesterday in the southern part of the ward, especially in Hostens, where 1,900 people had to leave the premises.

17:19 : In Gironde, DFCI, the association for defense against fires, lends a hand to firefighters. Farmers, winegrowers … These volunteers track fire outbreaks in the field and help save the land with the funds available.

15:59 : We take stock of the news at 4 pm!

Emmanuel Macron will give a speech in Pithiviers on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Vel’d’Hiv roundup. Watch live here.

• Heat wave + small outburst of two riders = boredom on the Tour de France between Rodez and Carcassonne. But we still follow the scene live here.

• D-1 before the worst day of the heat wave. We explain to you in this article why Monday is likely to be one of the hottest ever recorded in France. 37 departments have already been put on orange alert.

• The fires ravaging the Gironde are still out of control. 10,500 acres of forest have been burned since Tuesday in the department. “We must be happy with this situation”, say firefighters. The latest news in our live.

15:39 : What does 11,300 hectares, the burnt area of ​​the Gironde, represent? We have represented this surface over Paris, Marseille and Lyon so you can see.

14:56 : A breath of unusually warm air sweeps across the country from the Bay of Biscay to the North Sea between Ajd and Tuesday. Extraordinary heat and sustained winds over the Atlantic arch tomorrow and the following night before a sudden cooling Tuesday. Forecast update below. # heat wave


14.55 : The fires of La Teste-sur-Buch (left) and Landiras (right) are still visible from the sky.

This is how it has looked since Tuesday, when the fires started.


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15:03 : “The forest is a great good. What is happening here is undoubtedly an environmental disaster. It requires that we not just shed tears, but that we take the solutions behind us.”

Gérard Larcher went to meet the firefighters at the operational command post at La Teste-de-Buch before heading to Landiras, the two sectors hardest hit by the Gironde fires.

13:47 : Nearly 11,000 acres burned in the Gironde. In Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch, firefighters are still on the ground. A team from France Télévisions spent the night with them.

(FRANCE 2)

13:14 : It is now 11,000 acres that have been reduced to ashes, let the prefecture know in its 12:30 pm point. A total of 3,400 hectares burned around La Teste-de-Buch, 7,200 around Landiras. 14,000 people were evacuated.

13:12 : “We can not deploy all Canadairs in the Gironde every day.”

At the microphone from franceinfo, Alexandre Jouassard justified the absence of Canadair to drown the fires that ravaged the Gironde. “After 2-3-4 days of historic fires, I understand we want to look for causes, but we need to understand the strategy for civil security, he argues. We prioritize units on incipient fires to avoid large fires like these. Thousands of acres have been preserved elsewhere. (…) The planes make 300 drops in a day, they are subjected to hard tests, so there are punctual maintenance.

(LAURENT THEILLET / AFP)

12:57 : It’s 12:46, I thought it’s the perfect time to take stock of the news.

• D-1 before the worst day of the heat wave that hit France. We explain to you in this article why Monday is likely to be one of the hottest ever recorded in France. 37 departments have already been put on orange alert.

• The fires ravaging the Gironde are still out of control. 10,500 acres of forest have been burned since Tuesday in the department. “We must be happy with this situation”, say firefighters. The latest news in our live.

Elisabeth Borne launched the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Rafle du Vel’d’Hiv by assuring that “In these days of July, France has lost a bit of its soul.” A tweet from rebellious deputy Mathilde Panot sows divisions in the political class.

Rain of leave on the Tour de France, minutes from the start of the stage between Rodez and Carcassonne. Primoz Roglic, Magnus Cort Nielsen and Simon Clarke left Grande Boucle before a stage that looks set to get boring. Watch live here.

12:36 p.m. : @Cindy We explained it in detail to you in our article: basically firefighters have to deal with extreme temperatures, which are added to droughts, winds and terrain favorable to fires.

12:34 p.m. : Why can’t firefighters put out the fires in Gironde (or elsewhere)? Instead of using large aircraft, why not use modern technologies (drones, digital equipment, etc.) and integrate them into practice?

12:31 p.m. : [🔴#Opérations] A fierce battle to protect a historic and emblematic monument of @ department13, which has given paw. The monastery Frigolet was spared the flames in #Brandskoven in #Montagnetten.


12:58 : Good news on the front page of the fire in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, tweets firefighters in Bouches-du-Rhône.

13:04 : “It’s very difficult. The conditions are scary because the heat is awful. The winds are whirling, there is no real direction.”

These fires are “a real octopus. There is not necessarily a firehead. There are several fireheads. The fire round in Landiras is 43 kilometers. You can see the task waiting for the rescue forces”, describes Bruno Lafon on franceinfo.

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