A "virulent" resumption of fire on Saturday afternoon in Mostuéjouls (Aveyron) burned an additional 50 hectares and threatened 100 others, said the prefecture, which announced the preventive evacuation of more than 130 people.
This fire, which since Monday has destroyed more than 800 hectares between Aveyron and Lozère, seemed on Saturday around noon "in the process of being circumscribed and soon, extinguished", had then estimated the prefecture.
– Prefect of Aveyron (@Prefet12) August 13, 2022
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Faced with this new recovery, "an emergency accommodation center has been opened" to take care of 130 people, while an unspecified number of other evacuees have found rehousing solutions themselves.
A man charged on Wednesday
Since Monday, this fire, which did not cause any injuries, had already caused the evacuation of up to 3,000 people who had since been authorized to return to their homes or places of accommodation when it came to of vacationers.
On Wednesday, a man residing in Lozère was indicted for "involuntary destruction by fire".
He is believed to have accidentally started the fire, when a metal part of his trailer caused sparks as it scraped the ground, setting fire to the vegetation on the side of the road.
In addition, to avoid the risk of fire, the prefecture of Aveyron has in particular temporarily banned sporting events in natural spaces, pyrotechnic shows or "any hunting or destruction activity by firearm taking place in the middle of nature". .
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