Heatwave alert extends to 16 French departments, wildfires continue

The National Weather Service Météo France has extended its warning to five new departments, bringing the total to 16.

The new departments included in the alarm are Pages Gers, Landes, Lot, Pyrenees-Atlantic and Houses-Pyrenes.

They join: Gironde, Tarn, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Ardeche, Drome, Gard, Haute-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Orientales, Tarn-et-Garonne and Vaucluse.

An additional 27 departments in western and southeastern France are also on alert for yellow fever.

Meteoro France said the heat on Monday (July 18) was expected to be “extremely hot on the Atlantic coast”.

A maximum of 40-42 C is predicted for western France from Pyrenees-Orentales to Morbihan.

Forest fires continue.

The extended heat wave comes as more than 1,000 firefighters and several aircraft continue to work to cope with two wildfires in Gironde, one around La Testi-de Buch near Dunne du Pilat and another 40 km south of Bordeaux in Bordeaux.

Both fires were uncontrolled and about 7,650 hectares of forest burned, 1.5 times the size of Bordeaux.

At least seven buildings, including three houses and two restaurants, have been destroyed in the La Tesest-de-Buch area, according to a French Blue journalist.

The fire has spread to Lake de Cassava and is “moving in the direction of houses all the way around the lake.”

The Landras fire is now worse than Gironde has known for the past 20 years. A.D. It is the second worst fire in France since 2021, which killed two people in Var.

A total of 11,000 people were evacuated from the two fires, and 10,000 were evacuated from villages and camps near La Tesest-de-Buch.

The hot weather, wind, and dry vegetation make it difficult for firefighters to cope.

The state has decided to temporarily ban driving and parking on forest and rural roads and roads between 14pm and 22pm.

Jean-Luc Gleys, president of the local console department, told Franሴois: “We have to be very careful. “We are in a heat wave; the forest is particularly vulnerable and vulnerable.

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