Paris.- More than 39,000 people have been evacuated Already on a preventive basis since the two fires south of Bordeaux that have burned at least 19,300 hectares of pine forest were declared on Tuesday of last week.
The Prefecture (Government delegation) explained in a statement that until 3:00 p.m. local (1:00 p.m. GMT) 6,500 hectares had been burned by the fire which started in the coastal town of La Teste de Buch and 12,800 in Landiras.
This afternoon, about 2,000 people were evacuated. in the town of Saint Symphorien, including 80 elderly people from a residence, the Prefecture indicated.
Before that, the authorities had communicated the figure of more than 37,000 evicted in a week in that department of Gironde to avoid victims of the fires. So far there has been no death. Several firefighters have been slightly injured.
The Teste de Buch fire continues “very, very active, but we have been able to control it and prevent it from progressing,” the prefect of the Gironde department, Fabienne Buccio, told a news conference.
One of the evacuation operations was carried out this morning in the zoo of the Bassin d’Arcachon, in La Teste de Buch, where there were 850 animals of almost a hundred species in a space of 22 hectares of forest.
The zoo’s staff, helped by nearly a hundred veterinarians and workers from abroad and by agents from the French Biodiversity Office, brought out 363 animals that could be transported and they were taken in special convoys to the Bordeaux zoo, 65 kilometers from there, the Ministry of Ecological Transition said in a statement.
The 2,000 firefighters who are working to try to extinguish the two fireswhich are still not controlled, have had this Tuesday the support from the sky of eight Canadair seaplanes and two Dash water bomber planes.
Several media outlets have leaked that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, plans to go to the Gironde department this Wednesday to express his support for the firefighters and the affected population, but also to make a series of advertisements about the fire-fighting device.
One way of responding to the messages from local officials in recent days who have complained about a lack of means, and in particular that the bases of the planes are only in the Mediterranean region and not in the south-west, where the largest forest area of the country.
The heat wave that has been affecting the south of France for more than a weekand which since yesterday has hit the Atlantic coast with historical temperature records in many cities such as Nantes, Rennes and Brest, has moved today to the north and east of the country, with temperatures that have reached or exceeded 40 degrees in Paris, Rouen or Beauvais.
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