The Gironde prefecture announced on Wednesday that the fires that ravaged the department in July, August and September were now all officially extinguished. “The forest fires which covered 12,552 hectares in July then 6,743 hectares in August in the municipality of Landiras, 3,350 hectares in the municipality of Saumos on September 12 and 120 hectares in the municipality of Arès on September 18, are now extinguished” she wrote in a statement. This represents a total of 22,765 hectares.
The La Teste fire in the Arcachon basin, which had covered nearly 7,000 hectares in July, had already been declared extinguished on August 25.
The department still placed on yellow alert
The specific restrictions on access to the affected forests in the municipalities of Belin-Beliet, Saint-Magne and Hostens have therefore been lifted. The prefecture recalls, however, that the department is still placed in yellow vigilance for the risk of fires in the forest due to weather conditions and the state of drought of the massif.
“It therefore remains prohibited, inside the woods, forests and moors and up to a distance of 200 m, to use fire, to smoke, to throw any incandescent debris, to carry out incineration and controlled burning , to practice isolated camping and bivouac and to shoot public or private fireworks” insists the prefecture. These prohibitions must be respected “with the greatest rigor. »