Wild fires

Marcus Hornum Bing

Posted: Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 19:37

Hi
Im planning to hike the GR20 in late September. At the moment, I have read, there are many wild fires on the island. Do any of you know whether these are influencing the route? Or are going to in the near future?

Thank you :)

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Marcus Bing



BarbB

Posted: Fri, Aug 11, 2017, 23:07

Hi Marcus, as well as this forum, it's a good idea to regularly check the Parks website parc-corse.org as they post maps and updates (in French) about any GR20 closures. So far there has been a navette providing transport around a small section on the GR20 south but no closures elsewhere yet. Also check the local newspaper site www.corsematin.com for news on fires. Michele has posted a link to very recent evacuations from the GR20 route, around Piobbu, Carozzu and Haut-Asco, where hikers have needed to shelter at the refuges (from smoke, as the fires are nearby, I believe).
We are also watching anxiously as we hope to hike the northern 'half' in early September.

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BarbB



Gaffr

Posted: Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 5:00

Hello,
On the 7th, of August the PNRC blog produced a map of the 'hotspots' and also that the closed area on the GR20 that of the Verdi through to Usciolu etc. was now open again.
But I guess it could change very quickly if the weather does not alter.

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Gaffr



Haydenlytham

Posted: Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 5:46

Hi BarbB,

We are two Australians who are working in Corsica and are doing the gr20 in September when we finish the summer season, please email me at haydenlytham@hotmail.com would like to have a chat



Marcus Hornum Bing

Posted: Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 6:12

Thank you BarbB and Gaffr! Very helpfull.
Haydenlytham, can I join that chat as well? We are doing the GR20 from the 18th of september. Mail: bing.marcus@yahoo.dk

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Marcus Bing



Haydenlytham

Posted: Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 10:19

Sure can mate, send me an email we will finish working at ajaccio on the 7th September and planned on starting the hike around the 9th - 10th. Are you Australian??



BarbB

Posted: Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 21:47

Hi Hayden and Marcus, I have sent you an email.

Cheers, Barb

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BarbB



Haydenlytham

Posted: Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 6:21

Hi BarbB,

Got the email and now I've updated my phone and it's disappeared, could you please send it again..
Sorry and thanks.
Hayden and Bridget



BarbB

Posted: Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 6:34

Hi Hayden and Bridget, have re-sent the email. No problems.
Barb

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BarbB



pazicka.sasa

Posted: Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 16:15

Hello there, does anyone have any updates on the wildfires or closed sections? I havent watch it lately. We are planning to start next monday/ tuesday. Thanks
Sasa & Andrej

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Sasa



Gaffr

Posted: Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 16:55

Randoblog PNRC will keep you informed......seems fine at the moment open all the way.

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Gaffr



pazicka.sasa

Posted: Thu, Aug 24, 2017, 12:10

Thank you Gaffr, I ll try my best with french :D

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Sasa



Doreen

Posted: Sun, Aug 27, 2017, 13:42

Hello there,
We have just completed the GR20 from South to North (9.-22.8.) without any interruptions because of wildfires. But people just before us had to wait for days before being able to start from Conca, and others trekking North to South at the same time as us had to skip one stretch because it was closed. We also did see smoke rising once on another mountain, and did trek through a patch of burnt land which was still smelling after a recent fire. So always check the boards at the beginning of a the trek in the village and ask the guardians of the huts if the stretch in front of you is open.



BarbB

Posted: Sun, Aug 27, 2017, 21:55

Hi Doreen

Thanks for your update about the state of the GR20. I've been checking the randoblogpnrc site and also corsematin for all news of fires and water problems but, obviously, not everything gets posted on those sites as there was no mention of long delays in Conca in early August or a closure of one stretch in the North. It's great to hear from someone who has just been there!
We're keeping our fingers crossed for good conditions in early September.

BarbB

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BarbB



SQFP

Posted: Sun, Sep 3, 2017, 16:38

In addition to blogs, newspapers and local hearsay, the "préfecture" of each "département" is officially in charge of restricting access to forests and other areas. They keep a map updated daily at:

http://195.221.141.5/Portail/corse.gouv.fr/

'Aujourd'hui' = today, 'Demain' = tomorrow.

Basically, 'Red' means 'Very risky, please don't go there' whereas 'Black' means 'Absolutely forbidden'.
Access restrictions apply to forest areas (boundaries dashed, numbered 1-28) and -- obviously -- any trail/path/road that runs through them; not towns or large public roads.

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French geologist with a soft spot for Corsica...