A 40-kilometer (25-mile) active fire front in the Gironde and Landes departments BORDEAUX “Not developed, but weather conditions are pushing us towards extreme caution,” said the deputy prefect Ronan Leustic told reporters.
He said that of the 10,000 people already asked to leave, no fresh evacuation was ordered.
But “today is likely to be complicated, as temperatures continue to rise and water levels keep falling,” Lustick said.
About 1,100 French firefighters on the ground were reinforced on Thursday by 361 comrades from European neighbors, including GermanyPoland, Austria and Romania, as well as several water-bombing aircraft. The European Union fleet.
An AFP reporter observed that in the inaccessible area around the village of Hostense, the thick smoke seen on Thursday had turned into blue skies and occasional clouds on Friday morning.
France has been hit by a historic drought this summer, which has banned water use across the country, as well as a series of heatwaves that experts say are being driven by climate change.
Fires near Bordeaux raged in July – the driest month seen in France since 1961 – destroying 14,000 hectares and forcing thousands to evacuate before it could be controlled.
But it continued to smolder in tinder-dried pine forests and peat-rich soils.
Officials suspect arson may have played a part in the latest flare-up, which has burned 7,400 hectares (18,000 acres) since Tuesday.