French firefighters were keeping a wary eye on a huge blaze that appeared to be contained in the country’s southwest, with thunderstorms and strong wind gusts expected in the area overnight. The 40-kilometre (25-mile) fire front in the Gironde and Landes departments around Bordeaux “did not significantly progress overnight. Firefighters are working on its periphery,” police said in a statement. But officials said it was premature to say that the blaze — which has already reignited once — was under control. “We remain vigilant” because “while we can’t see huge flames, the fire continues to consume vegetation and soil,” Arnaud Mendousse, lieutenant colonel of Gironde fire and rescue, told AFP. Weather forecasters are expecting thunderstorms with wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres an hour in the region in the evening. The wind “could reignite the fire” that “is in a state of pause,” Menousse warned. Authorities on Saturday reopened a highway linking Bordeaux and Spain after closing a 20-kilometre stretch on Wednesday. Traditional firework displays for the Catholic Feast of the Assumption on Monday, when Mary is believed to have entered heaven, have been banned in several areas.