The fire is raging on the Landes coast.
More than 230 firefighters have intervened since Saturday afternoon to fight two fires which destroyed at least 80 ha of pine forest, without causing any victims, in the sectors of Mimizan and Seignosse.
The authorities have ordered preventive evacuations, announced the Landes prefecture.
In Mimizan, the fire which has burned 56 hectares of forest and mobilized more than 100 firefighters since 16 hours in this sparsely populated area "is now circumscribed", announced the prefecture in its latest situation update.
According to the prefect Cécile Bigot-Dekeyzer, "about twenty caravans of travelers located nearby were evacuated as a precaution and reinstalled on land in Mimizan", or about twenty people according to the firefighters.
Difficult terrain for firefighters
The other fire, which broke out later in the afternoon, 80 km away between Seignosse and Soustons, burning between 30 and 40 ha, was on the other hand "still in progress" shortly before midnight and was still mobilizing 130 firefighters, according to the prefecture. On this site near the white pond, the situation was considered "more delicate" by the firefighters, their intervention being complicated by the configuration of the place, partly inaccessible, with "atypical reliefs and marsh areas". "A restaurant, eleven houses and a campsite (34 people) were evacuated as a precaution", according to the prefecture.
Two canadairs flying from the south-east, first intervened in Mimizan before heading in the evening to Seignosse.
In total, around forty gendarmes were mobilized to secure the surroundings of the two disasters.
The RD 189 was also cut off in the Etang Blanc sector.
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