The fire broke out at about 5:15 p.m. local time, French news channel BFMTV reporte. According to the local firemen, some 530 hectares of land have been burnt, resulting in the evacuation of more than 3,000 people nearby.
Speaking at a press briefing at about 9 p.m., the prefect of the department Rodrigue Furcy said that the situation started to "improve", but the fire was "not completely" under control yet.
Over 500 firefighters have been deployed to contain the spread of the wildfire with the help of 13 planes and 3 helicopters, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin informed, recalling that 72,000 hectares of land were burned in France in 2022.
L'incendie dans les Pyrénées-Orientales... La situation est catastrophique mais notre président est en vacance. pic.twitter.com/9VdKObpY04