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Haute-Corse: two “uncontrolled” lights

Ⓒ AFP – PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA – | A firefighter after a fire in Pietracorbara in Upper Corsica, August 12, 2017

Two fires in Upper Corsica that have covered about 2,000 hectares of vegetation since Thursday night, without victim, were not controlled Sunday morning, with a “big recovery” in Cap Corse despite a lack of wind, Said the firefighters.

“The fires of Manso (Balagne) and Pietracorbara (Cap Corse) are not controlled despite a lack of wind, with a big recovery in Pietracorbara, there is a big plume of smoke, we receive many calls,” said the Firefighters of Haute-Corse, while specifying the absence of victims.

In Cap Corse, 200 men, two Trakers, a Canadair and helicopters were on hand to try to control this fire which has traveled 1,800 hectares of scrub since the night of Thursday to Friday.

A helicopter detachment also arrived in reinforcement Bouches-du-Rhone in the morning.

A second fire, less important, in Manso, Balagne, south of Calvi, mobilized Sunday “60 firefighters to treat fumaroles, the balance is 102 hectares of forest burned,” said the firefighters.

“We are juggling between the two lights, the priority being to finish completely with that of Manso, since it is forest when it is a maquis in the Cape Corsica,” said the firefighters.

Some 900 people – mostly holidaymakers from a Pietracorbara campsite and dozens of GR20 hikers – who were evacuated on Friday, were able to return home on Saturday at midday.

In Bastia, several fires broke out in the evening of Friday, some near residential buildings, and a man is in custody since the night of Friday to Saturday.

This man, “suspected of having caused five fires”, was seen “near the starting point of the third fire”, according to elements of the investigation.

The prosecutor’s office was planning Sunday to open a criminal investigation into criminal acts of “deliberately destroying timber, forests, scrubland … causing damage to others”.

Since mid-July, the South-East of France and Corsica have experienced repeated fires that have destroyed more than 7,000 hectares of vegetation.

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