3,700 hectares of land scorched as wildfires continue in French Gironde



Forest fires are continuing in France’s southwestern department of Gironde, with more than 3,700 hectares of land scorched since Monday, the Gironde prefecture said in a statement.

The Prefecture added on Wednesday that the gendarmes had evacuated 1,000 additional people on Wednesday as a preventive measure, bringing the total number of evacuees to 1,840 since Monday.

“More than 1,000 firefighters from Gironde and other departments are mobilized. Six Canadairs, three Dash (plane) and two water bomber helicopters were deployed today for difficult areas,” said the prefecture.

The prefecture added that emergency accommodation is being offered to evacuees in Porge and other municipalities, Xinhua news agency reported.

The prefecture noted that the forest fires are “controlled” but remain “active” due to high winds.

He also reminded residents near wildfire areas to wear FFP2 or FFP3 masks to prevent them from inhaling wildfire smoke.

More than 30,000 hectares of land had burned this summer in the Gironde department due to dry weather and heat waves, local media reported.

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