GIRONDE FIRES. In Gironde, the fires of Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch are contained and in the process of being fixed this Friday July 22 and the firefighters are monitoring the resumption of fire. Nearly 6,000 people were able to reach their homes last night.
- The fires in Gironde have not progressed for three days in Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch. Despite the confirmed improvement in the situation, the few resumptions of fire do not allow the fires to be considered “fixed” this Friday, July 22. In ten days, 20,800 hectares of forest burned according to the Gironde prefecture.
- While the fires in Gironde have led to the evacuation of 36,750 people since July 12, last night 6,000 residents were able to return to their homes: 3,500 in La Teste-de-Buch and 2,500 in some towns near Landiras : Cabanac-et-Villagrains, part of the commune of Budos and two hamlets of the commune of Saint-Magne
- The calm is confirmed in the face of the fires in Gironde, but the firefighters remain strongly mobilized with 1,800 men and women on site in addition to six planes and a helicopter in support.
- Investigations into the origins of these fires continue to advance. The criminal track is privileged in Landiras, even if a man, placed in police custody, was released, while the accidental thesis was confirmed in La Teste-de-Buch.
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08:19 – Hot spots remain near the Landiras and La Teste fires
The authorities, including the prefecture of Gironde, have noticed since yesterday that on the two fires in Gironde “hearths remain active”. Near the Arcachon basin, the user forest of Teste-de-Buch is particularly monitored, while near Landiras it is the “15km of edges on the south-west zone” of the fire which is still active.
08:10 – The fires of Gironde contained but a few outbreaks of fire
The area of the fires has not increased, the Landiras fire is still raging over a circumference of 66 kilometers and that of La Teste-de-Buch over 32 kilometers. However, the fires are not yet fixed, the decision of the firefighters to consider the flames as controlled could intervene very soon but for the time being the firefighters still have uncertainties because of the resumption of fire and the deterioration of the weather conditions announced. this week-end.
08:05 – Which sectors could be reopened to the population near Landiras?
In Landiras where more than 16,000 people have been evacuated since the start of the fires on July 12. Some 2,500 people were able to return to their homes yesterday, a timid start to reintegration which concerns very targeted sectors specified by the Gironde prefecture in a press release published last night. The commune of Cabanac and Villagrains, except for the hamlet of Jeannots, could be reopened to residents as part of the commune of Budos and the hamlets of Douence and Marta in the commune of Saint-Magne.
07:58 – 6,000 people evacuated by fires in Gironde have returned to their homes
Among the people evacuated preventively in the face of fires in Gironde, 6,000 returned to their homes on the evening of July 21. The reintegrations are assessed very precisely and concern 3,500 people in La Teste-de-Buch, all of whom have returned to their Pilat district north of the D218 departmental road, and 2,500 residents of certain sectors of the communes of Cabanac and Villagrains, Budos and of Saint-Magne, near Landiras. However, more than 30,000 people are still waiting to return to their homes.
07:51 – No new progression of fires in Gironde
For the third night in a row, the fires in Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch were contained by the firefighters and the multiple firewalls created all around the fires. This Friday, July 22, still 20,800 hectares of the Landes forest burned. As a reminder, 13,800 hectares went up in smoke near Landiras in the South of Gironde and 7,000 in La Teste, near the Arcachon basin.
The fires of Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch, in Gironde, broke out on Tuesday July 12 around 3 p.m. and one hour apart. In La Teste-de-Buch, the start of fire is accidental, said the mayor of the town, Patrick Davet at the microphone of France Blue Gironde, Saturday July 16, 2022. A hypothesis confirmed by several concordant sources. The breakdown of a thermal vehicle, such as a van according to some accounts, is the cause of the fire starting. The vehicle was parked on the low side of runway 214 at the edge of the pine forest, allowing the flames to spread in a few minutes. According to police information reported by South West, the driver is an employee of a campsite who was going to the recycling center when he broke down. Seeing the flames, the driver immediately called the emergency services, but did not have time to use his extinguisher. An investigation is underway for “involuntary destruction by fire of wood, forest, due to a breach of a security obligation” specified the public prosecutor of Bordeaux, Frédérique Porterie, on July 18. The prosecution added that, for the time being, the damaged vehicle is inaccessible, but that as soon as the situation allows it, it will be placed under seal and examined to “establish the causes of the fire”.
In Landiras, the fires would be of criminal origin. The Bordeaux prosecutor said that “the criminal identification technicians were able to make findings which accredit a deliberately malicious act”. The investigation for destruction by fire of wood, forest which could cause damage to people was entrusted to the Langon Research Brigade which questioned itself on the possible links between the fire and other fire outbreaks noted the same day. A track that no element confirms for the moment, but according to the prosecution, “clues remain to be exploited in order to eliminate or retain the thesis of the same author”. Monday July 18, a man was taken into custody and questioned. He is suspected to be the cause of some fires, but not the main fire, according to France Blue Gironde. He was finally released and is exonerated on Wednesday July 20.
Landiras, a commune in the South-Gironde, is in the grip of the largest fire of the two which broke out in the department on July 12, 2022. Thursday July 21, more than 13,800 hectares were burned around Landiras and the district of Langon according to the prefecture of Gironde. The forest fire extends over a circumference of more than 15 km long and wide. However, its progress has been significantly slowed down by firefighters since the night of July 20. Falling temperatures, falling wind and increasing humidity are more favorable conditions for firefighters, but have not yet allowed the fires to be fixed. Firebreaks have helped slow the fires and continue to be reinforced on several fronts along the 66 km edge of the fire. However, this is not fixed and the risks of resumption are “significant” in particular on the “multiple hot spots inside the fire zone”.
The Landiras fire covers nearly thirteen towns according to the SDIS33 communication officer and since July 12, more than 14,000 people have been evacuated by prevention. No evacuation has taken place since the night of July 19 and the prefecture does not expect any news. There were no casualties near Landiras and half a dozen houses were burnt down.
In La Teste-de-Buch, the fire did not progress on Thursday July 21, but 7,000 hectares have already burned near the Arcachon basin. In recent days, the fire has spread south of the Dune du Pilat and reached the ocean, burning in particular patches of forest on the edge of the Petit Nice and La Lagune beaches. The progression of the fire is contained, but the winds, even weakened, which blow towards the south are still likely to push the fires towards the Landes department. On the loss side, the fire did not cause any casualties, however five campsites in the town of Pyla-sur-Mer were destroyed up to 90%.
Where are the fires that broke out in Gironde and where are they spreading to? First, a first fire is located in the west of the department, in the town of La Teste-de-Buch, near Arcachon, along the Dune du Pilat and the Atlantic Ocean. The fire is heading south, towards Landes and the town of Biscarosse. Further east, the second fire started from Landiras, 45 km south of Bordeaux.
The fires are so vigorous and the smoke has taken on such a dimension that it is possible to observe the phenomenon from the sky and space. The European Copernicus satellite imagery program captured impressive images, where you can very well see the progress of the smoke on the territory of the department, towards the west.
Here is the map of fires from the specialized site Forest fires in France, which allows you to view the progress of claims in Gironde, but also in the Landes and in other territories of France. This is a map that references the fires reported by a community of Internet users, in real time.
At this stage, the two fires that broke out in Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch (Gironde) have not caused any casualties. No one has been injured or died so far. Only the vegetation burned. These forest fires nevertheless led to the displacement of 36,750 people in the department, including more than 16,000 on July 18 alone.