For the fifth day in a row, fire teams continued to extinguish 6 fires in Morocco, which erupted simultaneously in the regions of Larache, Ouazane, Tetouan and Taza in the north of the country.
Fouad al-Asli, head of the National Center for Climate Risk Management at the National Water and Forest Agency, confirmed to local media that 50% of the fires were under control, pointing out that “efforts to contain the fire as soon as possible” Continuing. As far as possible.”
Al-Asli said that these are the largest fires of its kind across the country; As the affected area reached about 4600 hectares. The Moroccan official also reported that “various intervention teams are making huge efforts by land and air to control the fire in Souk el Qila and Bogdian, and it has been swept to the north.” He added, “More than 1,200 personnel are working on the ground to douse the fire.”
Moroccan authorities had evacuated thousands of their villages, and water-laden aircraft took part in extinguishing operations, while firefighters battled fires on the ground after rapidly spreading fires destroyed hundreds of hectares of forests and dozens were continuing. In addition to heavy damage to homes, agricultural crops and livestock.
Morocco is exposed to wildfires annually, which accounts for about 12% of its total area; From the beginning of the current year to July 13, it saw about 165 fires.
For its part, the National Center for Climate Risk Management indicated that an unprecedented rise in temperatures and strong winds complicated firefighting operations in the past days.