Leaving the hamlet of Bordezac on Thursday around 5:00 p.m., the disaster, which caused no casualties, is certainly now under control. But fire awakenings are still frequent, “and this shows that maintaining significant resources on site is still justified,” Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Agrinier, communications officer for the Gard firefighters, told AFP on Saturday morning.
Up to 950 at the height of the disaster on Friday, the firefighters have been down to 550 since Friday evening, and the numbers could drop further during the day, depending on the evolution of the disaster, which is still not under control. .
The lightening of the device is all the more necessary as the department is still hit daily by numerous fire starts, “more than 30 on Friday again”, thus recalled Colonel Agrinier.
Beyond the Bordezac fire, another fire also started on Thursday, for example, ravaged 230 hectares towards the town of Générac, in the south of the department. This same town had been affected by a serious fire in August 2019, which had burned 800 hectares and caused the death of the pilot of a water bomber plane in an accident.
Now contained, the fire in the Cévennes is fortunately far from the approximately 5,000 hectares that had been devoured by fire in 1985 a few kilometers away, already in the Cévennes massif.
This year, the biggest fires in France affected the military camp of Canjuers (Var) at the end of June, with 1,800 hectares burned, and the Pyrénées Orientales, also at the end of June, with 1,250 hectares gone up in smoke.
Overall, the Directorate General of Civil Security recommended great caution until Sunday throughout “the Mediterranean area”, “due to a very high danger of fires”.