Forest Fire in French Seaside Resort Under Control, But Not Contained
The heavy forest fire that has been raging since Monday in the vicinity of the fashionable French seaside resort of Saint-Tropez on the Côte d’Azur is “under control” but “not contained”. The local rescue services announced this on Friday.
The fire is still raging, but the fire is not spreading further, Colonel Eric Grohin, the director of the fire and rescue service of the Var department, explains. However, because a westerly wind is a forecast later in the day, it cannot be ruled out that the fire will be fanned again.
“We have to be extremely careful because of the drop in humidity, the rise in temperatures and the expected winds,” said Evence Richard, the prefect of the southern French department.
The fire has already killed two people and burned 7,100 hectares of forest and vineyards. The nature reserve of the Massif des Maures has also been partly destroyed, which is a blow to the biodiversity in the region. Another “rescue” operation for the turtles in reserve took place on Thursday.