The Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de la Dordogne dealt with around 100 forest fires in 2019, which burnt 142 hectares in total, and these statistics were up on the previous year.
And for 2020 the pompiers will also be able to use high performance drones to help in the spotting of fires with the new equipment able to reach an altitude of 100 metres and the high-tech kit also carries a heat detector.
But despite the new gadgets being at their disposal, the authorities say that it is the general public that can ensure fires do not start by accident, be that by not taking care when using a BBQ or by creating sparks when working with small machinery and tools in the forest.
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