Several thousand people were evacuated from Pyla-sur-Mer (Gironde) last Monday because of the forest fires that have been raging in the region for more than a week. If Thursday the fires were not yet under control, many residents were however able to return to their homes.
Relief for a large number of inhabitants of Pyla-sur-Mer in Gironde. Some 6,000 people were allowed to return home this Thursday evening, July 21, as firefighters continued to deal with the resumption of the two fires in the process of being fixed, which ravaged 20,800 hectares of forest in Gironde.
Since the end of the afternoon, 3,500 inhabitants of part of the Pyla-sur-Mer district, residing north of departmental 218, have been the first to be authorized to return to their homes. Then, it was nearly 2,500 inhabitants of part of the municipalities of Cabanac and Villagrains, Budos and Saint-Magne, who in turn were able to reopen their shutters.
1,800 firefighters still mobilized
“The authorities continue to study sector by sector these possibilities of reintegration according to the evolution of the situation”, assured the prefecture in a press release.
Since the start of the fires ten days ago, 36,750 residents and holidaymakers had been forced to pack their bags urgently as a preventive measure.
However, Thursday evening, 1,800 firefighters were still mobilized, supported by four Canadair, whose number in rotation has decreased in recent hours, 2 Dash and a PUMA water bomber helicopter from Civil Security.
For its part, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of New Aquitaine nevertheless recommended “limiting the time spent” as well as “intense physical activities outdoors” and “closely monitoring people at risk” in the the most remote areas where smoke from forest fires reaches.