BEIRUT — The National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon (CNRS) warned Saturday of heightened fire danger, particularly the weekend, as demonstrated on a fire index map the council prepared.
According to CNRS, the fire index showed an increased fire risk for Saturday and Sunday, specifically in Jbeil, North Lebanon, and Nabatieh, Jezzine and Chouf in South Lebanon. The council urged residents to be alert and refrain from starting fires near dry vegetation.
Many regions in Lebanon are wildfire-prone, affected by the summer’s high temperatures and dry conditions. Fires have ravaged villages and ecosystems in their path in previous years. Civil Defense teams and volunteer groups have been responding to extinguish fires, but suffer from a chronic lack of equipment as the country struggles to cope with an economic collapse. Meanwhile, the fire-damaged areas are also plagued by illegal tree felling.