France-Spain border crossing closed to HGV traffic due to forest fire

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A forest fire that's currently raging in the Gironde region has seen the Irun border crossing closed to HGV traffic. The Spanish road transport association has tweeted that the closure is expected to continue “throughout the day".

France-Spain border crossing closed to HGV traffic due to forest fire
Photo: Eusko Jaurlaritza - Gobierno Vasco
According to reports in France, the fire has already ravaged 6,800 hectares of forest and continues to burn.

Emmanuel Macron, France’s President, has said that 10,000 firefighters and civil security personnel are currently at work to fight the flames across the region.

One of the consequences of the blaze has been the decision to close the A63/A-8 France-Spain Irun border crossing to HGV traffic.

This morning, the closure created a HGV queue as long as 10km, writes Fenadismer, Spain’s haulage association. Hauliers and drivers are thus being advised to find alternatives routes to cross the border between France and Spain.

As the Sud Ouest Bordeaux tweet above reads, the closure applies from junction 22 of the A63 and could be in place until August 14th.

UPDATE: the border crossing has now reopened. However, traffic is being redirected from the A63 to the A65 due to the fire. 


Photo: Eusko Jaurlaritza – Gobierno Vasco

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