The prefectures of Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard and Corsica predict a high fire risk all weekend while high winds are expected, in a context of persistent drought.
In the Bouches-du-Rhône, where wind gusts up to 100 km/h are expected from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, the prefecture has issued an exceptional prohibition order burning until to November 15th.
In the Gard, the use of fire is prohibited until November 30th. In a statement, the prefecture insists: “The absence of significant and prolonged rainfall for several months and the exceptional desiccation of the vegetation maintain the level of risk of forest fire to a level of importance never known at this time of the year.
Already twenty fires in Corsica
In Corsica, the use of fire is strictly prohibited until Sunday evening for Haute-Corse and until Monday evening for Corse-du-Sud. Burning green waste, but also the use of stove and barbecue more than 6 meters from a dwelling are prohibited.
A ban motivated by the weather, but also by the score of fire starts recorded in recent days on the island of Beauty. Sunday, a fire destroyed 1,600 hectares of vegetation in Balagne (Haute-Corse). A column of 60 firefighters Herault left Thursday night to Corsica for a reinforcement until Monday.