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Published on Jun 26, 2010
Chalais / Vercorin - Anniviers: wildfire
On June 10, 2010 around 16:30, a fire broke out in a forest located between the villages of Chalais and Vercorin / Anniviers. No dwellings were affected and no one was hurt.
The alert was given by a witness who was on the road of Anniviers. Soon, firefighters of Chalais and Anniviers were mobilized. Given the configuration of the terrain, the impossibility to access with vehicles and heavy gusts of wind, the use of the helicopter was required. In total, three machines were involved. They dropped water until nightfall.
The fire, which occurred at a place called "The Meya" about 1,000 meters above sea level, covers an area of about 200-300 x 500-600 meters . No residence has been affected by the disaster.
The circumstances of the fire is undetermined at this time. An investigation has been opened.
The road Vercorin - Pinsec has been temporarily closed to traffic.
A monitoring service was developed by firefighters for the night.
Means employed: two helicopters of Air-Glaciers - a helicopter of Air-Zermatt - 50 firefighters of Chalais, Vercorin and Anniviers - Municipal Police - Canton Police.