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Detailed reports yesterday of a 4km long fire raging out of control at present involving the A63 which is reported as being “on fire”.

10,500 people have been evacuated so far.

Obviously a part of France NOT to visit at present. When we woke this morning at 0630 there was a strong smell of smoke, but no evidence other than grey clod at low level. This was probably from that even though it is 200 km away. We had a similar smell when fires raged near the Dune of Pyla recently.

Non of us would wish to be within 100km of such an event, where the fire has been will be a blackened desert, camping and motorhoming will be strongly frowned upon.

We are not allowed into our nearest woods from 1400 onwards, no fireworks, barbecue, or powered vehicles permitted in the woods - even for agricultural use. The potential fine for infringement is 1500€ on the first offence, rising by the same with subsequent infringements.
 

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The firebreaks are only 10m wide, the trees are often 20+ m high, so it can fall across easily. Not all of the firebreaks have been,dpt clear and there is a lot of undergrowith which is highly flammable.

I suspect the reports of the road itself burning are a news reporter’s exaggeration. (Just like Boris did when reporting for the Spectator).

As an aside, you can now walk across the Loire on foot, no swimming needed.
 

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I wonder have the scientists taken into account the compounding effect on climate change of all these massive fires on the atmosphere? It will certainly speed up the rates of degeneration.
AFAIK the C tied up in wood is regarded as C neutral when it is burned and returned to the atmosphere, so yes, it will have been taken into account.

BUT the destruction of so much vegetation must reduce the speed with which CO2 can be taken FROM the atmosphere. It is true that young seedlings proportionat take up CO2 faster than older trees but the recovery from these fires will take 50 years+.

Sadly,nthe more the CO2 level rises, as it is inexorably doing,nthe more such severe weateher events will occur.

The U.K. must expect more 40 + days for the foreseeable future, France will have more forest fires, probably Scotland and Wales will too because they also are densely planted in places with pine forests.

Meanwhile countries like India and of course China effectively deny it is happening.

Edit; wrote the above, then read the BBC article below.

I had not realised that it was already so marked.

 

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We had 2 hour thunderstorm last night, VERY high winds, thunder crashing around us and whole house shaking, power went off for 2 2/2 hours as a tree had fallen across cable 500 m away. The lightning was stunning, mainly cloud to cloud but bright enough and continuous enough to be able to read at times.

Nature’s power never ceases to amaze me.⚡⚡⚡💦💦
 

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The local village is built on a quite noticeable hill, the Church is right at the top and obviously attracts the lightning, it gets hit several times a year as can be seen from the very clear copper lightning conductor which has distinct holes where it has been hit. I have never seen such a wide conductor - nearly 7cm width . The sound of the thunder would drown out the drone of the Priest in full session……..
 
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