By Alexandra Frenkel
The Gironde continues to burn: 10,000 people were evacuated in the region of Landiras. While the fires had already affected the area in July, the fires are even more widespread in the Landes. 6,800 hectares of vegetation have already gone up in smoke. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is on site this mWednesday August 10, 2022. A long cloud that moves… until it reaches the city of Toulouse, more than 210 kilometers of the. This Wednesday, the fumes were already noticeable.
Divergent winds and a particular topography
And this Thursday, the fire continues to release a large plume of smoke visible from space by satellites. “The westerly wind blows much of the smoke from these fires out to sea, but divergent vents also take them up along the Garonne,” explains Regis Crepet, meteorologist at the Weather Channel. These winds are located at altitude at 1,500 m and form another corridor.
“Wind directions can vary between ground and attitude, which is why some of the smoke from the fires is heading towards Toulouse.”
A whitish and milky sky in Toulouse
The topographic of the Toulouse region also favors the accumulation of these fumes because of the Garonne valley and the Toulouse plain. “So it is indeed possible to observe a whitish and milky sky in Toulouse, especially in the afternoon”, indicates the specialist. The Pyrenees also play a barrier natural fishing fumes to head south. The mountain range impacts the wind and its direction.
Dangerous fumes for fragile people
Faced with these toxic fumes emitted by the fire, theRegional Health Agency of New Aquitaine recommends that fragile people do not go out. “These fumes are composed of fine particles and therefore may be harmful to people with asthma or people with respiratory problems. explains Régis Crépet.
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