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Fires in the Pyrenees-Orientales. The A9 was cut off, a hundred residents were evacuated

Firefighters in the Pyrenees-Orientales tried to put out several fires on Tuesday, June 28, including “violentlywhich erupted in the city of Opole-Perillos (Pyrenees-Orientales) destroying several hundred hectares of vegetation.

Due to these fires, the A9 highway between Narbonne and Perpignan was temporarily closed, as well as the interruption of rail transport between these two cities for several hours. in Opul-Perilos,The fire continues and we have requested additional resourcesFirefighters of the department informed “France Press”, reporting:Between 300 and 400 ha of vegetation was burned“. More than 200 firefighters and six Canadair aircraft are trying to contain the blaze, which broke out “strong wind“, according to the same source. The fire is comingquickly“The town of Salses-le-Château and the A9 motorway between Narbonne and Perpignan have been cut off,” the Pyrénées-Orientales prefecture wrote on Twitter.

In Rivsaltes, about ten kilometers to the south, another, smaller fire, however, required the intervention of 90 firefighters who evacuated more than a hundred people whose homes were threatened by the fire, as well as the railway line, which was temporarily cut. Another fire broke out along the RN 116 in Saint-Felieu d’Aval, west of Perpignan.The axis is cut in both directions of circulation“, the prefecture emphasized. “The situation is almost under control“Regarding the last two fires, firefighters said, however, they are keeping crews in place to avoid re-ignition.

Source: Le Figaro

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