Several hundred hectares are still “threatened” by the flames this Sunday, despite the arrival of the rains. The authorities speak of a “historic” fire.
More than 1,050 hectares of forest have been reduced to ashes in the Jura this week, while several hundred hectares remain “threatened” this Sunday despite the arrival of rainfall, indicates the prefecture.
“It’s historic”, according to the authorities who speak of fires of “an unprecedented scale”.
A total of four fires have blackened the massifs of the Petite Montagne du Jura, in the southeast of the department, two of which continue this Sunday.
the expected rain
The most important, which began on Tuesday, has devastated some 700 hectares in the Vescles and Cernon sector, always with “the risk of spreading to several hundred hectares,” according to the prefecture.
Not far from there, another fire that broke out on Saturday near the town of Montlainsia has consumed 200 hectares of forest, and another 400 are threatened.
The rain that began to fall at the end of the morning on the south of the department should prevent resumptions and stop the fire heads, according to firefighters.
However, these precipitations raise fears of landslides in the charred sectors, since a village was evacuated as a precautionary measure in Menouille after an emergency test carried out by the Geological and Mining Research Office (BRGM).
279 firefighters mobilized
In the Cornod and Sarrogna sectors, however, both lights are now off. There, 162 hectares were burned.
A total of 279 firefighters are fighting these fires, the Jura firefighters being supported by reinforcements from six departments in the east and center of the country. Four Canadairs, two water bomber helicopters and Dash planes also supported the firefighters’ ground combat, something unheard of in eastern France.
The Jura is classified at the maximum level of drought since August 1, in a “crisis” situation. The previous significant fire in this department dates back to 2018. 110 hectares had gone up in smoke after a poorly extinguished fire during a scout camp in Maisod.
A meeting scheduled by the executive
In the Vosges, where 15 fires were recorded on Saturday, 50 hectares of forest were burned in Ménil. The fire has been contained but there are still strong risks of resumption due to an expected wind of between 50 and 70 km/h.
On Saturday, Emmanuel Macron spoke with the president of the Jura Departmental Council, Clément Pernot, the local fire chief, the prefect and the deputy Danielle Brulebois (LREM), after the resumption of the fires.
The head of state plans to bring together all the actors of the departments involved, once the fires have been extinguished, to reflect on the “model of prevention and firefighting” in France, the Elysée added this Sunday.