The gigantic fire that broke out on Saturday noon in La Clape was brought under control at 10 p.m. Vigilance is still required, however, because even if the rain came to the aid of the 220 firefighters still on site.
The rain relieved the work of the firefighters this Sunday morning but now it is the wind that worries the firefighters. According to forecasts, he must get up in a few hours, and come to dry again a landscape devastated by the flames and washed by the rain since 8 am. “It’s the opposite: we go from a marine regime to a north-westerly wind, and that’s not good” analyzes Captain Franck from the fire brigade’s headquarters on a promontory above Narbonne- Beach, where the road swings towards the sea. If the wind picks up, the fire is able to progress at 1000 m per hour. But the heavy rains in the morning made it possible to limit the risk of a recovery.
The fire is extinguished but teams continue to crisscross the premises, in particular near the Abbatuts, a small farm not far from Notre Dame des Auzils.
220 firefighters out of the 350 engaged on Saturday are still on the ground for the treatment of the edges. Fire cause research teams, made up of agents from the National Forestry Office, Sdis and the gendarmerie are carrying out their investigation based on indications on the ground and testimonies from the first firefighters who arrived on site on Saturday. One thing is already certain. The fire started from the scrubland below this promontory, from the observation table towards which tourists and locals like to stop to admire the sumptuous landscape of the scrubland flowing into the Mediterranean.
300 hectares left in smoke, but “800 hectares were able to be preserved”, thanks to a big work of protection carried out by the teams of firefighters of all the department of Aude in particular. The 170 evacuees were able to return to their homes in the evening, no homes were affected, even though Les Abattuts was literally surrounded by flames.
The roads crossing the Massif de la Clape remain closed to traffic, only residents of Narbonne Plage are allowed to travel. Joggers and cyclists are kindly called to order and asked to leave the scene of the disaster, which they have invested in the early hours of the morning.