It’s been a difficult 36 hours for Occitanie firefighters. Multiple fires started on the Aigoual massif, Gard on Thursday. 120 firefighters were on site. A fire had already taken hold on Wednesday late afternoon, in the same area, near Val-d’Aigoual, on the Ardaillers side.
Elsewhere near Banyuls-sur-Mer, 33 hectares were on fire, although it is now under control. Circumstances were difficult as the fires were fanned by the strong winds on Thursday. Houses in Salette were under threat.
Vegetation at Conques, Aude was burning through the night of Wednesday into Thursday. 150 hectares were destroyed, and another 500 firefighters were battling the fire. They remain vigilant, as the wind was igniting the fire regularly.
A nine year old girl got dragged under a car in Nîmes, but was rescued by police officer Freddy Saelens, who had just graduated as a police officer. The girl was sitting at the side of a carpark. An automatic car gear stick was accidentally nudged by her father, and the car drove over her, dragging her along a few metres. The child was seriously injured, and will need three skin grafts. The police officer heard her mother screaming, and ran over to help.
The weather on Friday will be up to 28 degrees again in Occitanie, with the Tramontane winds continuing for most of the region.