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the mayor files a complaint against some residents for endangering the lives of others


The obligation to clear brush had been reminded to the 300 citizens concerned in a letter sent by the mayor in February, according to France Bleu Roussillon.


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Samuel Moli, August 15, 2023, in Argeles-sur-Mer.  (MICHEL CLEMENTZ / MAXPPP)

The mayor of Saint-André (Pyrénées-Orientales) Samuel Moli lodges a complaint against the inhabitants who had not properly cleared their land, three days after the fire which ravaged 300 hectares and destroyed more than a dozen houses on the commune, indicates Thursday August 17 France Bleu Roussillon. More than 200 firefighters are still on the job to watch this fire now fixed but not yet extinguished.

The mayor of Saint-André very quickly pointed the finger at some of the 4,000 inhabitants who, according to him, had not complied with the obligation to clear brush around their homes, as required by the regulations. On France Bleu Roussillon, Samuel Molli announces that he will “file a complaint for endangering the lives of others, against the inhabitants of Saint-André who have not respected this obligation.”

Three hundred citizens had received a reminder letter

The obligation to clear brush had however been reminded to the 300 citizens concerned in a letter sent by the mayor in February. Clearing helps to limit the risk of fire spreading. Given the drought, the mayor had revived the inhabitants in April. “Of the 300 couriers, only about 150 people replied and correctly cut ferns, low branches, etc.”, he regretted. The mayor therefore considers that people who have not cleared brush and who have been informed “have their share of responsibility for the magnitude of this fire”.

The regulations state that “if the fact that you have not cleared brush has allowed the spread of a fire which has destroyed the property of others, you can be sentenced to a penalty of up to one year in prison and 15,000 euros in fine”.



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