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Drought. This superb swimming pool will be used by the firefighters of the Pyrénées-Orientales

Drought. This superb swimming pool will be used by the firefighters of the Pyrénées-Orientales
Drought. This superb swimming pool will be used by the firefighters of the Pyrénées-Orientales

By Thibaut Calatayud
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12 Feb 24 at 10:53

updated on 12 Feb 24 at 10:56

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There is no rain in the Pyrénées-Orientales, but there are good ideas. Saturday February 10, 2024, the fire brigade of Cerberus managed to recycle the water from a large swimming pool which had to be emptied for work. This resource, precious in the driest department of France, will be very useful for fight against fires.

102,000 liters of recycled water

The operation took place this weekend in Cerbère. The pool water residence of Aloe was pumped for a full day, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. These are no less than 102m3or 102,000 liters, which were recovered by firefighters.

This little liquid treasure will be used to “fill or complete almost all tanks positioned in the forest on the Côte Vermeille sector,” announces the Cerbère firefighters’ association.

“The quantity of water pumped also made it possible to create a stock of 48 m3 in a tank made available free of charge (and soon to be approved) by the inter-producer group of Collioure and Banyuls Terres des Templiers,” adds the friendly.

Tanks to fight fires

On April 16, these tanks were used to fight the terrible Cerbère fire. The flames had ravaged nearly 1,000 hectares of vegetation. This is the biggest fire ever recorded in April in the Pyrénées-Orientales.

The water recovered from the Cerbère swimming pool (Pyrénées-Orientales) is stored in fire-fighting tanks. (©Facebook / Amicale des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Cerbère)

In this case, two sixty-year-olds were indicted. They are suspected of having unintentionally caused this terrible fire, described as an “ecological disaster” by Gérald Darmanin.

The risk of fire triggered in the middle of winter

Because of the drought which is ravaging the Pyrénées-Orientales, the fire risk is no longer limited to the summer season.

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Since Saturday, and until Monday, February 12 inclusive, the population is asked to “postpone any burning operation and to favor any other means of eliminating plants (recycling, grinding, etc.)”.

“In current drought conditions, a simple burning of plants can spread quickly and generate a fire that is difficult to control,” warns the prefecture. In recent weeks, firefighters have intervened more than 50 times in recent weeks on private plant fires. Fire season is now all year round!

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