French firefighters managed on Sunday to bring under control wildfires ravaging the pine forest on the western outskirts of Bordeaux.
The fire, which broke out Friday afternoon and spread quickly thanks to 50 kilometre-per-hour winds, has consumed nearly 530 hectares of pine forest. Some 600 people have been evacuated from the village of Saint-Jean-d’Illac and the Bordeaux suburb of Pessac as a precaution, authorities said.
Much of France is experiencing a drought and several fires broke out Friday in the pine forests that dominate the west and south of the city of Bordeaux.
The region's celebrated vineyards are located mostly to the east and north of the city, with national authorities saying the hot and dry weather has so far favoured the growth of grapes, though the harvest is expected to dip slightly from last year.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
In pictures: French firefighters fight forest fire near Bordeaux
A picture taken on July 24, 2015 shows burned trees after a wildfire broke out near Saint-Jean-d'Illac, some 20 km of Bordeaux.
Some 500 firefighters and 60 firetrucks were deployed on the ground.
The winds abated on the weekend, helping firefighters to contain the fire.
Four water-bombers worked to contain the forest fire.
Residents of Saint-Jean-d'Illac took refuge in a gymnasium.
The fire has consumed nearly 530 hectares of pine forest.
France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve speaks with journalists in Pessac, at the command post of emergency personnel tending to a wildfire in Saint-Jean-d'Illac.
Date created : 2015-07-26