Firemen up all night at Saint-André-de-Valborgne


The disaster which began early Thursday afternoon has now burned 110 hectares. 193 firefighters and 60 vehicles, from all quarters of the Gard and Lozère, but also Bouches-du-Rhône and Ardèche were still fighting the fire on Friday morning.

Thanks to the effective work of firefighters they were able to protect the buildings of Auzillargues from flames, halting them within metres of the hamlet.

Canadairs and Trackers were deployed after dawn to bombard water and retardant on a fire set in an almost inaccessible area with ground vehicles.

EDF’s technicians cut power to two transformers located in Auzillargues.

Firefighters finally announced on Friday afternoon that their various tactics had succeeded in containing the fire. The lack of wind in the area had helped considerably.

The D907 between Plantiers and Saint-André-de-Valborgne was reopened to traffic, but caution is still required.