24 September 2010

Fire in the Garrigue

The beautiful morning sky the night after the fire. 

The Canadairs that scoop up water at La Grande Motte and drop it on the fires of our area.

Just at the end of summer...still in the intense heat of August and during a period of a strong gusty wind, some fool decided to start a fire in the garrigue - the wilderness area all around us here in Languedoc.  The fire moved furiously fast and cut a long swath.  The air drops of water were effective, but as night fell, it was evident that the fire would take the night.  The night sky was a bright glowing orange and sleep was light and tinged with the fear of the wind changing direction.  It seemed like the fire was just a breath away, but it actually was a few towns away. 

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