A fire that started on Monday evening and was still "developing" on Tuesday morning destroyed 150 hectares of forest in southern Charente, the prefecture announced on Tuesday.

Thirty people had to be evacuated.

More than 220 firefighters are mobilized to put out this “developing” fire in the town of Boisbreteau, bordering Charente-Maritime, and “air resources – water bomber helicopter and Canadair – are expected” as reinforcements in the morning, added the prefecture.

About 200 homes were without electricity after two high-voltage lines were cut by Enedis, the network manager, according to the same source.

With already more than 47,000 hectares burned since the start of the year, France experienced a record number of burned areas in July, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which has kept comparable statistics since 2006. .

A fire ravages at least 700 hectares between Lozère and Aveyron


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