Week-long Fires of Syria’s Hama Countryside Consume Thousands of Acres
By Staff, SANA
The fires that erupted in the forests and woodlands of Massyaf and al-Ghab regions in the western countryside of Syria’s Hama province have made a record whether in terms of their numbers or in the vast areas of agricultural and forest resource that devoured them. This comes despite all the firefighting teams’ attempts to control them and limit their losses due to the geography ruggedness of the region which was affected by the fire and the intensity and fluctuation of winds and high temperature of the weather.
Firefighting staffs, in cooperation with locals and Syrian Arab Army personnel’s and the Internal Security Forces, faced in Hama and several other provinces the fires and they were able to control them with exceptional efforts in dealing with the situation despite the limited possibilities.
A series of extended fires began with a huge fire that broke out in hundreds of hectares of long-lived forests in Ain al-Krum, according to a statement by the director of forestry at the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which were extinguished successfully after the concerted efforts of firefighting crews over the two days of August and the first of September.
The fire of Ain al-Krum was followed by another fire which broke out in the forests of Bireh al-Jarad in Massyaf countryside and the losses were estimated at 2000 dunums.
On the fifth of the same month, another fire broke out in the villages of al-Freekeh, Salimo, jurin and Nubul al-Khatib, which was considered by the locals as the biggest fire that the region had never witnessed since ten years ago, the citizens of the village of Freekeh were threatened with danger, before the firefighting teams were able to extinguish the fire and contain it after strenuous efforts that lasted for three days, while Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform estimated the area of the forests that was destroyed by the fire about 2000 acres.
Hama mayor said on Wednesday that losses of forests and woodlands within a fire series which affected the region for more than a week reached 8000 acres, including 1000 acres of private properties. The other areas are forest lands and public properties.