First major fire of 2021 in Southeastern France !
The fire broke out around 5pm local time in a mountainous area of the region, making it difficult to fight it. Strong winds allowed the fire to quickly spread and gain intensity. Aerial firefighting was quickly necessary, 4 Cl-415s Superscoopers and 2 Dash 8 Q-400MR tried to contain the fire before dusk.
The fire was still very active when the Canadair and Q-400MRs had to go home, they will probably come back at dawn to put an end to the first major fire in the region.
This kind of fire is expected at the begining of summer and not in early April. The 2021 fire season will be long and tough !
More photos about the Sécurité Civile fleet in the Sécurité Civile Gallery