• Short Summary

    EXHAUSTED FIREFIGHTERS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) FIGHTING TO CHECK THE WORST FOREST FIRES ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS.

  • Description

    EXHAUSTED FIREFIGHTERS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) FIGHTING TO CHECK THE WORST FOREST FIRES ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS. STRONG WINDS FORECASTED BY WEATHERMEN COULD SWEEP THE FLAMES INTO POPULATED AREAS.

    THE FIRES COULD DEVELOP INTO A NATIONAL DISASTER SAYS CANNES FIRE CHIEF IF THE LOCAL MISTRAL WIND REACHES ITS EXPECTED FORCE DURING THE DAY (SUNDAY). (MISTAL WIND: A VIOLENT COLD NORTH-EASTERLY EXPERIENCED ON MEDITERRANEAN COASTS.)
    TWO THOUSAND FIREMEN, POLICE AND TROOPS WERE STRUGGLING TO PUT OUT THE SMOULDERING REMNANTS OF THE BLAZE EARLY TODAY ABOUT 25 MILES (40 KILOMETRES) FROM CANNES. IT HAS BEEN RAGING ON A 25-MILE FRONT.

    ALREADY THE FLAMES HAVE RAVAGED 4,000 ACRES OF PINE FOREST AND CAUSED MILLIONS OF FRANCS WORTH OF DAMAGE. THE OUTBREAK BEGAN FRIDAY NIGHT.

    THE FIRES FORCED THE EVACUATION OF THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS FROM CAMPS IN THE HOLIDAY BELT. ONE FIREFIGHTER SPOKE OF THE FLAMES RACING AT ONE STAGE "AT THE SPEED OF A GALLOPING HORSE".

    EARLIER EMERGENCY MEASURES MOBILISED ALL FIRE BRIGADES IN THE MARITIME ALPS DEPARTMENT. THE ARMED FORCES WERE ALSO CALLED IN TO HELP. HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS HAVE JOINED IN.

    AIRCRAFT ARE SPOTTING THE FIRE'S MOVEMENTS.

    SOME ROADS ARE NOW CLOSED AND MANY AREAS ARE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY WHERE FLAMES HAVE CONSUMED CABLES PASSING THROUGH FOREST AREAS.

    NO LOSS OF LIFE HAS BEEN REPORTED SO FAR AND ONLY FIVE HOMES DESTROYED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA46OGV6JIBYM82G4PCBOLHJ2FX
    Media URN:
    VLVA46OGV6JIBYM82G4PCBOLHJ2FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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