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Caurel: a forest fire on one of the banks of Lake Guerlédan – Caurel

Thursday, June 10, a forest fire broke out around 9 a.m. on one of the banks of Lake Guerlédan, near the Keriven en Caurel hiking trail. It was fishermen, in a boat on the lake, who spotted the smoke and sounded the alarm. Firefighters from the Loudéac, Pontivy, Rostrenen, Mûr-de-Bretagne and Cléguérec barracks intervened to bring it under control. Note that the site, very steep and slippery, is difficult to access for firefighters, who cannot approach their trucks.

A hectare and a half of forest destroyed

Around 3 p.m., the fire had been brought under control, but several brigades were still there to “drown” the fire: “We still have to water the earth for several hours, scrape it and then water it again to ensure that it does not. will not resume ”, explains a firefighter from the Cléguérec barracks, lance in hand. “Here, it is particularly important, because the ground is covered with dried peat, an organic material which tends to spread easily. “About a hectare and a half of forest burned, according to the estimates of the firefighters on the spot. The origin of the fire is still unknown.

The mayor calls for vigilance

“It has become systematic: every year, as soon as summer arrives and the forest is a little drier, we have fires”, deplores the mayor of Caurel, Jean-Louis Martigné. He calls for vigilance: “There is not necessarily malevolence, but people are not careful, they throw badly extinguished cigarette butts or make small fires between the hiking trail and the water … dangerous, there really has to be some awareness of that. “

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