VIDEO. Hautes-Pyrénées: ecobuage, the fire that cleanses the mountains

The essentials The traditional practice of burning land in the mountains is sometimes criticized. But it is very monitored and, above all, it naturally regenerates the vegetation.

The history of burnout begins 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. “That is, as soon as the Pyrenees are inhabited,” summarizes Annie Cipiere, animator at GIP-CRPGE (Resource Center for Pastoralism and Space Management). So much so that some say that the Pyrenees owes their name to these mountain fires that …