France: Winegrowers assess ‘heartbreaking’ damage after vineyards hit by forest fires near Côte d’Azur | World news
Wine growers in the south of France are assessing the damage to vineyards following the forest fires that swept through the region last week.
Fires broke out in the Var, near the Côte d’Azur, last week and were spread by high winds, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
Mirabeau, a Provencal vineyard that produces rosé, was one of the areas affected by the fires.
Posting on Instagram, owners Jeany and Stephen Cronk said all of their lives’ work was put at risk by the fire.
“The past few days have been heartbreaking to watch devastation unfold in Provence with fires sweeping through 7,000 hectares of land and protected forests,” they wrote.
“We watched in agony and prayed for our Domaine Mirabeau and the vineyards of our colleagues and partners in the region, as all of our life’s work is threatened by the raging fires.
“We are still in the process of evaluating the impact of the fires on our estate, but for now we are happy to share that everyone from Mirabeau, the animals and the houses of the Estate have been saved.
“We are going to work on rebuilding the regenerative viticulture project that we started two years ago at Domaine Mirabeau in order to try to have a positive impact on the planet.
The fires mainly affected forest areas, but some vineyards were damaged, as some 900 firefighters tackled the blaze, aided by planes dropping water.
Forest fires have broken out in many parts of Europe, with the Mediterranean being hit hard by a heat wave.
At least 65 people were killed by fires in Algeria, while British firefighters have been dispatched to fight the forest fires that are raging in Greece.
Thousands of people were evacuated from an island near Athens and a volunteer firefighter dead after fires spread through the area.
Fires in Turkey killed at least eight people, including a volunteer carrying drinking water and other refreshments to firefighters in Marmaris.
They have been described as the worst in at least a decade.
Two people were killed in fires in the southern region of Calabria in Italy, while Sicily declared a state of emergency for six months.
Massive fires have also been burning for weeks in Siberia, northern Russia, forcing the evacuation on August 7 of a dozen villages.
In total, forest fires have burned nearly 15 million acres this year in Russia.
And on August 16, hundreds of people were evacuated after forest fires broke out in wooded hills outside of Jerusalem in Israel.
Over the weekend, over 1,000 square miles of Bolivian forests were destroyed by forest fires, authorities said.
So far 280,000 hectares, an area just under double that of Greater London, have been devastated in a southeastern region bordering Brazil and Paraguay.