after burning last summer, the Montagnette massif still closed for a year


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A. Schiller, France 3 Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur – franceinfo

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In a region particularly prone to fire outbreaks, the Montagnette massif (Bouches-du-Rhône) is closely monitored and will be closed for another year. By July 2022, 1,600 hectares of forest had burned there.

In the Montagnette massif (Bouches-du-Rhône), charred trees extend over hundreds of hectares. The authorities had decided to close the premises until the end of the month, but the prefecture decided to go even further, Wednesday, May 31, by extending the closure for another year. The risks of falling trees, torrential risks or even ground movements in the event of rain are mentioned.

The drought and the mistral favor the outbreak of fire

Last July, a violent fire had destroyed the vegetation, which retained rainwater on 1,600 hectares of forest. The fire, which broke out near a railway track, was started by the faulty brake of a freight train car. In the region, the drought and the mistral favor the outbreak of fire. In anticipation, about thirty volunteers patrol the massif, seven days a week.

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