US News Beginning of lull on the fire front, end of heat wave and rain in sight

11:50  13 august  2022
11:50  13 august  2022 Source:   liberation.fr

More emergency services at Brand in Saxon Switzerland

 More emergency services at Brand in Saxon Switzerland in the forest fire area in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the number of emergency services was increased on Thursday. "There are now 600 instead of 550 men and women available for fire fighting," said Yamina Benamara from the Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Mountains on request. Residential areas are still not threatened, so evacuations can be excluded, it said. © Robert Michael/dpa/Archive picture firefighters are on a meadow after deployment in the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

L'incendie qui fait rage depuis mardi après-midi en Gironde a ravagé 7400 hectares de végétation depuis mardi après-midi. © Benjamin Guillot-Moueix The fire that has been raging since Tuesday afternoon in Gironde has ravaged 7,400 hectares of vegetation since Tuesday afternoon .

Finally the fiery episode this summer soon finished? The heat will continue to rage on Saturday on a large part of France, before the arrival in the evening of thunderstorms and rains from the west. These bad weather could help firefighters still fighting fire in Gironde and Landes, although the impact of thunderstorms on current fires remains difficult to predict, in particular due to the risk of strong gusts which could be problematic for firefighters.

Fire brigades and police

 Fire brigades and police employ several larger fires with considerable damage to property, the fire brigade and police in Lower Saxony and Bremen have kept you busy at the weekend. Both agricultural buildings and equipment as well as industrial plants, apartments and vehicles were affected. According to estimates by the authorities, the destruction is considerable, but there were no injuries. © Philipp von Ditfurth/dpa/symbol image A fire engine is on the farm of a fire station.

Eighteen departments are on orange heat wave, including 16, from the southwest to Finistère. But this heat wave should come to an end on Sunday, with thunderstorms on most of France. The two departments of Corsica are placed in orange storms alert this Saturday.

On the fire front

One month after the two gigantic fires of Landiras and the Teste-de-Buch in Gironde, the resumption of fire from "Landiras-2" , as the firefighters name, no longer known progression for more than forty-eight hours after having ravaged 7,400 hectares of pine.

Friday evening, the inhabitants of certain sectors of the Landes communes of Moustey and Saugnac-et-Muret were allowed to return home, and, on this Saturday classified "red" by Bison Futé, the authorities decided to reopen the A63 , which connects Bordeaux to Spain, closed since Wednesday on a 20 km portion. But " The fire is still active on the west side" , warned the prefect of Gironde Fabienne Buccio, recalling that a thousand firefighters were still mobilized, supported by German and Romanian colleagues, bridgeheads of a contingent of 361 fire soldiers, also including Poles and Austrians.

Water consumption restrictions soon announced in London, against a background of persistent heat

 Water consumption restrictions soon announced in London, against a background of persistent heat © Andy Rain / EPA / MAXPPP Place du Parliament in London (United Kingdom), August 9, 2022. Thames Water, L 'Company that manages the water supply of the city of London (United Kingdom), announced this Tuesday, August 9, 2022 that water use restrictions could be set up in the coming days. An announcement that comes as the United Kingdom is about to undergo a new heat wave.

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in France, three times more hectares have burned that the annual average of the last ten years, and the year has record in the European Union since The start of the statements in 2006. Even the Jura, with a normally more moderate climate, was struck by two fires. In Brittany, a fire destroyed nearly 300 hectares in the Brocéliande forest west of Rennes on Friday. At the end of the afternoon, he was "two-thirds content" according to the prefect of Morbihan, Pascal Bolot. In Ardèche, the fire, which ravaged at least 320 hectares, was "fixed", announced on Friday afternoon the prefecture of the department, adding that 150 to 200 firefighters remained mobilized.

Friday evening, the Minister of the Interior asked the prefects of "to be particularly vigilant" or even to cancel the traditional fireworks of August 15 due to "increased risk of fires".

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 What are the worst drinks to drink in the event of a heat wave? When the mercury tirelessly climbs, we want freshness, ice cubes and crushed ice, slipped into our glass. Yet if all drinks seem to be suitable for this state of high heat, they do not all have the same thirsty power, and some even worsen the situation. Explanations. © Getty What are the worst drinks to drink in the event of a heat wave? The worst drinks to drink in the event of a heat wave First enemy in Zieuer, alcohol.

The drought always threatens

Precipitation, expected from Saturday evening, will be insufficient to remedy the historic drought that the country crosses, warned Météo-France, after a month of July when less than a centimeter of rain fell on average.

Thunderstorms "will fall on very dry soils, with risks of fairly large runoff" which do not allow water to absorb and increase the risk of floods "and risks of hailstones" , a Carded Claire Chanal, forecaster, during a press point on Friday evening.

On a large part of France, it is prohibited to water and 73 prefects have even prohibited water withdrawals from farmers from all or part of their departments.

Two new deaths at work perhaps linked to the heat wave, the total brought to six dead .
© Philippe Lopez / AFP Archives A man refreshes with water while working on a construction site by a Hot day in Mérignac, near Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, June 14, 2022 while a heat wave hit France. Illustration photo. The heat waves of the summer would have caused the death of six people at work, in France, according to a new assessment of the health authorities.

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