Forest fire hell breaks loose in Algeria’s Eastern regions

The firefighting teams intervened at around two o’clock Wednesday morning to put out a fire that broke out in Mashtaat al-Ramadania in the municipality of Ain al-Arabi in Guelma, where the fire devoured more than 6 hectares of bush and dry herbs before the fire was controlled and extinguished, with the early hours of yesterday morning Wednesday.

At the same time, the Civil Protection in Guelma intervened, at around 3:00 in the morning, in Jabal Mauna, where a massive fire broke out in a forest, which destroyed about 15 hectares of forest areas before the firefighting teams were able to extinguish it to protect one of the most important forest blocks in the state.

A fire was also recorded in Mount Bouqrnissa in the municipality of Hammam Al-Nabil, causing damage to more than five hectares of bushes and bushes. The heat wave swept the state territory, in which the thermometer exceeded the 47 degrees Celsius threshold, which would cause fires.

Others assumed that arsonists caused the fire.

Wind complicates the situation.

In Jijel, on Tuesday evening, civil protection services recorded the outbreak of 7 fires in different regions of the state, the largest of which was the Giza fire in Gemila and the Marj Youssef fire in Taksna, in addition to another fire that broke out in the Satara Mountains, which was extinguished in record time.

Civil protection interests accompanied by forest interests, the army, national security, the national gendarmerie, and local authorities were forced by the Giza fire, which erupted the day before yesterday, to evacuate the houses of their residents while working to contain the fire and avoid its transmission to the houses.

People were ordered to evacuate

At the same time, smoke suffocation was recorded among the residents who were taken to the scene by medical teams who were Harnessing it in the field, the area known for its challenging terrain was also known for strong winds that led to the re-ignition of the stoves and the outposts that were extinguished, which hindered the extinguishing process, in addition to the rapid spread of fire due to the nature of the forest made of highly flammable olive trees.

The same situation was recorded in the Marj Youssef area in Taksna, not far from the Jamila area, where civil protection units intervened on Wednesday afternoon to put out a fire that first broke out in forested bushes before moving to olive trees, fruit trees, and oak trees. It also required evacuating the houses nearby to avoid human losses, Citizens and residents of the region who are aware of their nature have not ruled out significant losses in agricultural and livestock wealth, and these areas are known for the abundance of animals, especially cows, pending the submission of official statistics to the relevant departments.

In Al-Satara, the civil protection services said that, at around six o’clock yesterday evening, they could put out a fire that broke out in forested bushes before it spread to fruitful trees, numbering 42 trees, including 38 olive trees. In contrast, bee boxes, an uninhabited house, and an olive field were rescued. The burned area reached 600 meters, the same region recorded in Al-Mazayer, with the rescue of greenhouses and another for poultry farming. 43.

Fires reach the outskirts of the city of Souk Ahras.

Fires in Souk Ahras

In the state of Skikda, on Wednesday morning, the local authorities intervened to evacuate the residents of the village of Mazadka in Awlad Alia. They transferred them to the village mosque after the fires spread on the western side of the state territory, especially in the municipalities of Ouled Attia and Qanoua, where the fire spread quickly.

Thick smoke covered the area and required the evacuation of citizens from their homes, while efforts to extinguish the fire and prevent its spread continued, by the firefighting teams of the Civil Protection and the support of the Forest Governorate, members of the National People’s Army, and some volunteers, who worked on crawling the flames and preventing their spread, especially at the level of State Road No. 132 link between the municipality of El-Qoul in Skikda and the El-Milia district in Jijel, specifically at the Tarsus crossroads, where the process of putting out the fires is still going on as of writing these lines.

Dozens of deaths because of the fire

In the state of Souk Ahras, the fires burning in the forests surrounding the city posed a threat to the residents of the 400 housing neighborhood in the town of Souk Ahras, which necessitated the rapid intervention of the state authorities to evacuate the residents. They demanded to evacuate their homes after thick smoke spread from the hot spots while the fire continued. The efforts of the civil protection teams and the various interests supported by the army units to put out the fires and save the population.

Closure of a national road in El Tarf

In El Tarf, the fires were renewed again on Wednesday, despite the final extinguishing of the various burning stoves two days ago, as new fires erupted across many parks and municipalities, including the state capital. The civil protection units intervened yesterday to extinguish the Ain Kasbah fire and a fire in the municipality of Bani Saleh, which had already been extinguished yesterday.

The intense wildfires in North Algeria started on August 17

From Mashtaat al-Samati, Mashta Hadda, and the Ain Khayar region, which are administratively affiliated with the municipality of El Tarf, the capital of the state, in addition to recording an intervention to extinguish the fire that broke out in the Umm Dis region in the municipality of Boutelja and the Badawi mountains in the municipality of Daraan in the western side of El Tarf State, where the suppression operations that were recruited by all the physical and human means are still ongoing.

According to official information from the state’s interests, National Road No. 44 was closed in the Bu Thalga area, and the state capital after the fire reached Hawa. Here, to ensure the safety of drivers, travelers, and citizens.