At Pic Saint-Loup, from 11 a.m. to midnight, stop, no more!

This Monday, the prefectural decree came into force: the massifs of Pic Saint-Loup and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert are prohibited from 11 a.m. to midnight because of the risk of fire. La Gardiole is completely closed. It remains to enforce the decree.

11 a.m., this Monday, July 25, at the foot of the Pic Saint-Loup, the prefectural decree comes into force: it is forbidden to access the summit from 11 a.m. to midnight because of the risk of fire. On the parking lot of Cazevieille, about thirty cars. Very few Montpellier residents, especially tourists, who have come from afar: Savoie, Vendée, Auvergne, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands… A prefectural decree? No one has heard of it.

“We haven’t heard of it”

Starting with Ludovic, a trail runner. Leaving at 9 a.m., he is still in the right slot. “A lot of people go up early but I’ve met people in both directions. Some are just getting started, even families with children. If I consider that I took risks? No. At the heat wave level, it’s breathable, there has a bit of air. There are days when it’s more complicated. And in relation to the fire risk, I know the area, I will have escaped.” Better still to avoid.

Coming from Lille, Alexandre, Edwige, Clotaire and Céleste go straight to the Ravin des Arcs.
Anastasia Barbarenko – Midi Libre

Alexandre, Céleste, Edwige and Clotaire, a family from Lille, sporty, are also in the nails. After a day, Sunday, at the beach, “but we get bored there quickly”, direction the hinterland this Monday: “This ban, we have not heard of it. What are we doing now? We are chaining on a hike on the Ravin des Arcs.” The risk of fire is not scary. The hike is outside the area affected by the decree.

“When we see what happened in Gironde, we must not play”

11:30 a.m. Time has passed for Arthur and his family. “If we had known before, we would have respected the rule, we are not hotheads. Safety comes first. When we see what happened in Gironde, we must not play. against, it must be said, there is no sign there.” From the top of his 10 years, Arthur’s voice is heard: “In any case, they would not be respected…” The truth comes out of the mouths of children? Or that of Thierry, a Haut-Savoyard: “This decree is stupid! We have climbed to the summit three times in four days, in the morning. And each time, there are people who put away their bivouac. there is a smoker among them or a desire for a barbecue, the risk is real while at the level of the decree, they can be in the right hours.

“We do not have the means to enforce this decree”

A town hall truck arrives. François Denis, first deputy mayor of Cazevieille, does not hide it: “Closing the peak is a first. But it should have been closed completely. And we were closing the car park. There, how do we close it? Sometimes ?” With Hugues Sciallon, a municipal employee, and Nathalie Desprat, a municipal councillor, they are responsible for posting the decree. “We could put a Toulouse barrier across, to see it well.” He explains: “We will have done our part of the job. The decree, we will have posted it. But we don’t have the means to enforce it, we are a town of 200 inhabitants, we don’t have a municipal police. And the gendarmes can’t leave someone here permanently, especially since the Pic has a lot of access!”

Odile and Thierry come from Haute-Savoie.  In four days, they will have climbed the Pic three times, from three different places.

Odile and Thierry come from Haute-Savoie. In four days, they will have climbed the Pic three times, from three different places.
Midi Libre – Anastasia Barbarenko

There is therefore the decree, and its application. West side, in Saint-Mathieu-de-Trviers. The Toulouse barrier is in place, surrounded by rubalise. At the top of the poster, written in red marker: €135. This is the fine that offenders will have to pay if necessary. There is the decree. And its application.

Hugues Sciallon, Nathalie Desprat and François Denis, the municipal team is responsible for posting the decree.

Hugues Sciallon, Nathalie Desprat and François Denis, the municipal team is responsible for posting the decree.
Anastasia Barbarenko – Midi Libre

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