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Savage fire in Perpignan ravages 3 hectares

MidiLibre/Scoop, Jan 14

A savage fire has ravaged three hectares of vegetation on the banks of the river Têt in Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales.

The fire took hold on Sunday evening, and the 100km/h tramontane wind made conditions particularly difficult for the fire fighters.

Normally seen in the dry summer months, the fire destroyed three hectares of reeds and scrub on the river banks.

Residents nearby could hear the crackling for two hours before the fire was brought under control by 57 firefighters and 15 vehicles.

The Prades road was temporarily closed on Sunday evening due to ashes falling on the road.

Firefighters remained at the scene all night to monitor the situation.

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