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Des pompiers roumains travaillent à contenir un incendie à Hostens, alors que les feux de forêt continuent de se propager dans la région de la Gironde, dans le sud-ouest de la France, le 12 août 2022. © Stéphane Mahé/Reuters of the Romanian firefighters work to contain a fire in Hostens, while the forest fires continue to spread in the region de la Gironde, in the southwest of France, August 12, 2022.

in Gironde and in the Landes, the lights have not progressed for 48 hours. The authorities decided to reopen the A63 motorway on this Saturday, August 13, classified red by Bison Futé. The firefighters hope that the rains expected this Saturday evening will help them. Even if nothing is less certain.

One month after the two gigantic fires of Landiras and the Teste-de-Buch in Gironde, The resumption of fire from Landiras-2, as the firefighters call it, has not experienced any progression for more than 48 hours after Having ravaged 7,400 ha of pines.

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The evening arrival, this Saturday, August 13, thunderstorms and rains by the west of France could help the firefighters. However, the impact of thunderstorms on current fires remains difficult to predict, in particular due to the risk of strong gusts which can be problematic for firefighters.

Highway A 63 reopened

Friday evening, the inhabitants of certain sectors of the Landes communes of Moustey and Saugnac-et-Muret were allowed to return home, and, on this Saturday classified red by Bison Futé, The authorities have decided to reopen the A63, which links Bordeaux to Spain, closed since Wednesday on a 20 km portion.

But the fire is still active on the west side, warned the prefect of Gironde Fabienne Buccio, recalling that a thousand firefighters were still mobilized, supported by German and Romanian colleagues, bridgeheads of a contingent of 361 soldiers Fire, also including Poles and Austrians.

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of reinforcements from all over Europe

here, we are all volunteers. We are trained, we want to help, confided Tone Neuhalfel, a 36 -year -old German firefighter saying that he had faced a "very impressive" fire and incomparable to those he has already seen in Germany.

on the Mérignac air base, near Bordeaux, two Italian Canadia and 2 Greek Canadair arrived on Friday morning. We are happy because we know we help you, friends, said Commander Anastasis Sariouglou, 36, who is carrying out his first mission in France.

A Hostens, in Gironde, where the PC had taken on the air of a Spanish inn, the detachment chief Romanian colonel Cristian Buhaiànu assured that his 77 firefighters - uniforms with red straps, caps and flocked trucks Pompierii - were ready to leave on The land, soon joined by 21 Polynesian fire soldiers.

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A record year for

fires in France, three times more hectares have burned that the annual average of the last ten years, E t the year has record in the European Union since the start of the statements in 2006. Even the Jura, with a normally more moderate climate, was struck by two fires.

In Brittany, a fire destroyed on Friday nearly 300 hectares in the Brocéliande forest west of Rennes. At the end of the afternoon, he was "two-thirds content" according to the prefect of Morbihan, Pascal Bolot.

In Ardèche, the fire, which ravaged at least 320 hectares, was set, announced on Friday afternoon the prefecture of the department, adding that 150 to 200 firefighters remained mobilized.

The rains of this Saturday evening insufficient

The precipitation, expected from Saturday evening, will be insufficient to remedy the historic drought that crosses the country, warned Météo-France, after a month of July when less than a centimeter of Rain fell on average.

Thunderstorms will fall on very dry soils, with risks of fairly large runoff which do not allow water to absorb and increase the risks of floods "and the risks of hailstones," warned Cleal Chanal, forecastist , during a press briefing Friday evening.

On a large part of France, it is prohibited to water and 73 prefects have even prohibited water withdrawals from farmers from all or part of their departments.

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