Overseas Paris, February 25th, February 23-24, a serious fire broke out in Corsica, France. The fire devours more than 1,500 hectares of forest. The Balagne disaster is particularly urgent. And rescue.
According to the Parisian newspaper, from the evening of the 23rd to the evening of the 24th, there were about 20 fires on Corsica, local air and ground equipment such as forest fire extinguishers, and more than 330 firefighters and gendarmerie. The reinforcements from Brignoles and Marseille will arrive by boat on the 25th. French Interior Minister Kastana expressed concern about the fire and support for the on-site rescue team on Twitter.
Corsica and South Corsica Governor Josiane Chevalier pointed out at a press conference on the evening of the 24th that the fire was related to the special climate in early 2019. This is an ecological disaster, and now people must adapt Winter fires, due to climate change, the seasonality of the fire has ceased to exist. Shevalier also said that three investigations into the specific causes of fire have been initiated in South Corsica and five related investigations have been initiated in Upper Corsica.
In a statement issued on the evening of the 24th, the Free Corsica Party blamed the fire on transformer defects and the obsolescence of the power grid, accusing the French government and the national power company of being responsible for the fire. Corsican parliament speaker Jean-Guy Talamoni said that in the past two years, such incidents have often occurred at the beginning of the year, and firefighting measures have always been implemented during the tourist season.
Although air rescue measures have been deployed, the fire in Calenzana in Upper Corsica has not been effectively controlled. Pierre Guidoni, Mayor of Calenzana, said that at around 20 pm on the 23rd, the fire burned the village in less than half an hour. I was scared, the forest was like a piece of paper. Burning up, I thought my village was finished, but the villagers were united and exemplary.
Calenzana villager Corinne Maraninchi also believes that the fire is a climatic cause. I haven't seen it rain for a long time. The humidity is similar to that of August. The jungle is very dry and the wind speed is as high as 110 kilometers per hour.
In the summer of 2017, there were more than 4,000 fires in France, with an area of nearly 25,000 hectares. But in the summer of 2018, the forest fire in Corsica was relatively stable. (Overseas Network - France - Lu Jia)