A fire in La Fare-les-Oliviers (France) affecting WUI
On Sunday 03/07/2016 a fire started in the municipality of La Fare-les-Oliviers (Bouches-du-Rhône, France), at the indicated time of 7:45 pm, and expecting it to be virulent. At 7:50 pm a fire truck was on the zone as well as a suburban group (1 Morane (helicopter of BMP)+ 1 FPT + 3GIFF + 3 CCFS + 1 VPSI) sent by the SDIS 13. Evacuation of people was ordered in the first houses because of the immediate threat. The fire burnt 3 hectares and stop at 8:15pm.
Weather conditions were strong wind (60-70 km/h) from NW (Mistral), low humidity (25%) and high temperature (30°C). The vegetation presented a very dry condition and was ready to burn. The intervention of fire brigades were key in protecting houses located in border of the forested area. No people was hurt among fire brigades or population. Extinction operations and mop-up continued during the evening.