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France: more than 3000 people evacuated in the south due to a fire

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In the south of France, the fire that started at the end of the day on Monday from Massegros, in the Lozère department, and started by an agricultural machine then spread towards Aveyron, to the village of Mostuéjouls, a noted a correspondent of theAFP.

Firefighters in the Grands Causses natural park.

Firefighters light fires in Mostuejouls, southern France, on August 9, 2022, as a prophylactic measure to slow the advance of an ongoing fire in the Grands Causses natural park.

Photo: Getty Images / VALENTINE CHAPUIS

Late Tuesday morning, the fire fanned by the wind and the drought was no longer progressing. Firefighters lit tactical lights to burn the vegetation in a preventive way to stop the advance of the fire.

The authorities have ordered the evacuation of the entire perched village of Mostuéjouls, in the Tarn gorges in the heart of the Cévennes National Park, not far from the coniferous forest in the grip of flames.

Those evacuated as a preventive measure were directed to village halls and schools in neighboring municipalities.

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The flames were a few hundred meters away, the gendarmes and the firefighters came to tell us to evacuate, we all had to leave in the middle of the nighttestifies Gabin Castro, manager of guest rooms, worried about his accommodation, tree houses.

We are a few kilometers from the fire, but we evacuated because of the toxic fumesdeclared for his part to theAFP the manager of the campsite at the Auberge Le Terroir in Mostuéjouls, Nicolas Bouviala, 200 of whose customers were sheltered as a preventive measure.

:\”You have to start evacuating the campsite slowly\”. Half an hour later there was no one left”,”text”:”The prefecture called and said: \”We have to start evacuating the campsite slowly\”. Half an hour later there was no ‘there was nobody”}}”>The prefecture called and said: “We have to start evacuating the campsite slowly”. Half an hour later, there was no one left.he explained.

The fire started because of an agricultural machine whose metallic element scraped the very hot tar of the road, causing sparks. In a context of great drought, part of a departmental road caught fire, according to firefighters.

The farmer driving the tractor himself called for help, before using water from his tank to fight the flames. He also contacted several farmers who came to lend him a hand.

Water bomber planes, already mobilized on Monday, resumed their rotations around 7 a.m., according to witnesses.

More than 600 firefighters from several departments are on site, according to the local prefecture.

With already more than 47,000 hectares burned since the beginning of the year, France experienced a record number of burned areas in July, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which has kept comparable statistics since 2006.

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