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Summer opens season of infernal heat in Maghreb

Rabat, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) As spring languishes, fears are reborn that summer will bring with it the disastrous forest fires that have become an annual plague for this country and Algeria, its eastern neighbor.

The two countries, at odds with each other for political reasons, make up the Maghreb, as the North African region comprising Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya is called; its opposite extreme is Mashrek, Levant or east, the seat of the Arab states of the Near East.

During the summer, Moroccan forest areas are extremely flammable due to a combination of factors such as rising temperatures, decreasing air humidity and the blowing of hot, dry winds, according to experts.

Temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, unprecedented even for Morocco and Algeria, and the El Niño climatic phenomenon, caused a heat wave in 2023 which, together with irresponsible human behavior in forested areas, caused forest fires resulting in huge material losses and environmental damage.

But last year the problem broke all channels since, according to measurements of the National Agency of Water and Forests of Morocco, this Maghreb country registered 466 forest fires that devastated almost 6,300 hectares of land.