Wild Boar spread fire in Languedoc vineyards
It's been a dry year in Languedoc-Roussillon and on the eve of the Corbieres harvest a fire has damaged many vines. The fire burnt through 1200 hectares of land and some grapes have been singed by the flames and there is a fear that there will be smoke taint. The fire was spread by wild boar that had caught fire and were fleeing. The fire was first detected in the commune of Paziols and Tuchan in the Aude area and is believed to have started from a road or Motorcross terrain near it. Some vineyards saw at least 50% of their vines damaged. While vines are relatively resistant to fire winemakers reported that flames destroyed all vegetation and wildlife in some vineyards. An assessment of the full damage is currently underway.