Firefighters and emergency crews are responding to a wildfire on the outskirts of Tangier that broke out late on Thursday 10 August in the Rmeilat forest.
The blaze spread toward homes in the northwest of Tangier on Friday, 11 August.
The fight against the flames, which involved rotations of Canadairs from the Royal Armed Forces until dusk, continued throughout the night and into the early hours of Friday August 11 and Saturday August 12.
“The Rmilat forest covers 300 hectares, and the fire broke out three days ago, affecting between 20 and 25 hectares. Thanks to this rapid intervention, the worst was avoided.” Saoud Abdel Malik, member of the Observatory for the Protection of the Environment.
“This year’s fire is on the side of the mountain facing the sea, so the winds blowing from the sea and up the mountain form a circle.
This fire is dangerous because it increases the strength of the fire, which is the opposite of what happened in previous years, when the fire was a little far from the sea.”
The Center for Water and Forestry (ANEF) has identified an extreme risk (red level) of forest fires in several Moroccan provinces, and high (orange level) and medium (yellow level) risks for other regions.
Morocco recently allocated $22 million for forest fire prevention and control.