The fire in the Hérault is no longer progressing but is not yet fixed

The Mediterranean vegetation fire that broke out on Tuesday about twenty kilometers from Montpellier (Hérault) “not progressing anymore”even if it is not yet fixed, said the firefighters this Wednesday, July 27 in the morning, after a night of struggle.

“He is no longer progressing. It is not fixed yet, because we still have a lot of edges to deal with, so we will pass it “fixed” when these edges are calmer »told AFP, shortly after sunrise, Lieutenant-Colonel Jérôme Bonnafoux, spokesman for the Hérault firefighters.

“The objective, before the wind picks up, is to really stall it, so that afterwards we can get into action and not be bothered when the wind picks up”he explained.

The approximately 650 firefighters mobilized continued their work on the ground throughout the night, “in difficult conditions since without air support”underlined Jérôme Bonnafoux.

The areas burned since the double outbreak of fire in the town of Gignac late Tuesday morning are of the order of “800 to 900 hectares”according to the spokesman for the fire department.

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The three water bomber planes of the Hérault departmental cell were to resume their drops from 7 a.m. “to really perfect (the work) on the edges and prevent them from resuming”he specified.

280 people evacuated

Two departures of fires, 1.5 km apart, broke out on Tuesday in the municipalities of Saint-Bauzille-de-la-Sylve, Gignac and Aumelas, before joining, in a difficult to access and sparsely populated area made up of scrubland, holm oaks and vines.

” No casualties were reported “ and “no damage” observed on the buildings, said Tuesday evening during a press briefing the commander of the relief operations, Colonel Sylvain Besson.

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Some 280 people were the subject of a preventive evacuation in the town of Aumelas and fifty people found refuge in a village hall in the neighboring town of Vendémian, said the prefecture.

“We could see on the hill that the fire was progressing, then after we returned home because the air was starting to be a little stifling and it stung our eyes”testified Stéphanie Gauthier, resident of the village of Aumelas, evacuated for the night by the gendarmes and questioned by AFP.

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