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Algeria says it contains wildfires, no injuries

September 23, 2023 at 4:05 pm

A view of the burnt forestry field as wildfire continues in M’Sara region, Khenchela, Algeria on August 18, 2023. [Fazil Abd Erahim – Anadolu Agency]

Algeria said Saturday it had put out multiple wildfires that raged across the country, with no casualties reported, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, the Civil Protection Authority said its teams had managed to extinguish three wildfires in the provinces of Jijel, Bejaia, and Batna in northeastern Algeria.

No casualties were reported in the fires.

Algerian authorities had struggled over the past two weeks to put out more than 80 wildfires that erupted in 15 provinces, mostly in central and eastern Algeria amid a heatwave.

In July, wildfires killed at least 34 people and injured 194 others in northern Algeria, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.

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