A serious fire broke out on Thursday evening in the center of Anglet, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, near Biarritz and Bayonne. The fire started in the Chiberta forest, devastating at least 40 hectares of pine forest and threatening around 100 others. At least one house has burnt down, while dozens of homes have been evacuated.
The fire destroyed a tree climbing site according to France 3 Pays Basque . In videos posted on social networks, impressive images show houses threatened by fires.
Here is what we see from the Orok Bat stadium in Anglet of the fire in the Pignada forest in Anglet The fire spread to the side of La Barre The branch hook was destroyed @ F3euskalherripic.twitter.com / Et2UsX8Sb5- Stéphanie Deschamps (@ StephanieF3EH) July 30, 2020
The fire approaches the dwellings. The wind is playing against the firefighters. Impressive. The inhabitants, near the forest had to move their vehicles. (Video credit: Patrick Majoureau) # anglet #endiepic.twitter.com / X3k2b2rAf7- Laura Pierre (@EfjLaura) July 30, 2020
A hundred firefighters on site
About a hundred firefighters are on site to fight the fire. "Reinforcements of firefighters have arrived from the neighboring department of Landes and others are on their way from the Gironde," Vincent Nicolas told AFP. "Firefighters from Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne have been placed on pre-alert," he added.