A new disastrous wildfire is raging in the southwest of France

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Published on 12 August 2022

A new fire is raging in Gironde and Landes, in southwest France. 

The fire broke out near Hostens on 9 August, about 30 km south-east of Bordeaux, destroying several buildings and forcing more than 10,000 residents to leave their homes. Over a thousand firefighters are involved in the efforts to contain the blaze, and France has triggered the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and is receiving support from six EU Member States.

As shown in this visualisation which combines the image acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 11 August and data from the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS), the fire started in an area adjacent to the one devastated by the furious fires of early July 2022 which had burned more than 18,000 hectares.

CEMS was also activated for this fire. The detailed maps produced by the Rapid Mapping module are available here. 

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