Thirty fires identified in Tunisia since Monday

Of the 28 fires since Monday, eight wildfires were still active Thursday at noon, especially in the government-run mountain regions of Jendouba, about 200 kilometers northwest of the capital Tunis.

“Some fires are still active, but most of these fires are under control,” General Moez Triaa, a spokesman for Civil Protection, told AFP.

According to Mr. Triaa, these fires did not cause casualties, but six houses were “partially” burned.

Nineteen families were evacuated from Djebal al-Sarj in the Kairouan region (center), and nine in the Fernana region in the northwest, it added.

These fires, whose causes have not been established so far, were fueled by a heat wave that affected Tunisia where on Tuesday and Wednesday it registered temperature records by the National Institute of Meteorology, especially in the north and center of the country.

On Wednesday, the country recorded an all-time high with a temperature of more than 50 degrees (50.3 C) in Kairouan.

Every year, Tunisia is affected by forest fires. From June 1 to August 12, almost 5,000 hectares were burned, according to Triaa.

In neighboring Algeria, firefighters and volunteers continue to fight Thursday against the flames raging in northern Algeria since Monday, where 69 people have died in these fires.

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