The worst day in terms of fire risk will be this weekend, June 19.
The heat wave expected almost everywhere in the south of France, including the Pyrénées-Orientales, will be accompanied by a high fire risk on the massifs of the department. The risk will even be “extreme”, according to Effis, a European tool which is responsible for anticipating the risk.
From this Thursday, June 16, the risk will be high, throughout the Roussillon plain. Things will go from bad to worse the next day, when she will pass in extreme risk. The Fenouillèdes will be at high risk.
The peak will occur on Sunday June 19: the Roussillon plain will be at the maximum risk level while the rest of the department is classified as extreme risk. The situation should then come down to pressure again, with showers expected at the start of next week.
This is an opportunity to recall that from June 1 to September 30, plant burning operations are prohibited throughout the Pyrénées-Orientales department, as is the lighting of campfires, or the throwing of cigarette butts. . According to a prefectural decree, it is also forbidden for individuals, on the same dates, to use fireworks.
As a reminder, 95% of fires extinguished by firefighters are of human origin: 2/3 are due to imprudence or negligence. It can be a cigarette butt thrown in nature or a badly controlled barbecue. The last third is due to a voluntary act.
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