Fire in the Aude: 850 hectares traveled and power cuts to Portugal



A fire broke out on Saturday July 24 at the beginning of the afternoon for an unknown reason on the central median of the A61 between the towns of Moux and Foncouverte. Saturday evening, he had already covered some 850 hectares of vegetation in the mountain of Alaric (Aude), and caused power cuts in France, Spain and Portugal.

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This Sunday, July 25, the fire was still not fixed. Firefighters fear “A risk of recovery because of the drought”.

“25 kilometers of edges on which fire can resume”

“We had a lull from 3 am in the morning. A house was burnt down during the night in Moux but we were able to save about fifteen houses between Foncouverte and Fabrezan ”, said Commander Jean-Michel Dubois, of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Operational Center (Codis) of Aude on Sunday.

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“The situation is delicate, complicated, because we have 25 kilometers of edges on which the fire can resume”, added the officer, specifying that 800 firefighters had worked all night.

Ninety people from a district of Foncouverte, threatened at one time, had to be evacuated as the fire progressed. Rescue workers determined on Sunday morning whether new air assets would be deployed, while at the height of the day on Saturday Sept. Canadair, two Dash-type water bombers and a Super Puma helicopter made rotations on the mountain of ‘Alaric, a massif which rises to 600 meters.

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