Algeria wildfire kills two as 50 firefighters tackle blaze

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes after the fire swept through forest near the coastal city of Tipaza. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 07 November 2020

Algeria wildfire kills two as 50 firefighters tackle blaze

ALGIERS: A wildfire has killed two people west of the Algerian capital, the emergency services said Saturday, one of a spate of seasonal blazes to hit the north African country.
Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes after the fire swept through forest near the coastal city of Tipaza trapping and killing two men in a chicken coop.
More than 50 additional firefighters were dispatched from Algiers to help tackle the blaze which broke out on Friday night.
Over the past 24 hours, fires have been reported in northern Algeria in 10 of the country's 58 provinces.
Already in September, authorities in Tipaza announced their worst year for wildfires since 2010, with nearly 900 hectares (2,200 acres) of forest or crops destroyed.
Every year, Algeria loses up to one percent of its vegetation to seasonal wildfires, according to the forestry department.
Last year, it lost 21,048 hectares (more than 52,000 acres) between June 1 and October 31.


Rocket hits small oil refinery in Iraq's north, no casualties -officials

Updated 29 November 2020

Rocket hits small oil refinery in Iraq's north, no casualties -officials

TIKRIT, Iraq: A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq on Sunday, causing fire and minor damage, two refinery officials said.
Firefighters are still trying to contain the fires, refinery and local officials said, which broke out after the rocket hit a fuel storage depot inside the Siniya refinery.
There were no reports of casualties at the refinery, which is near Iraq's largest oil refinery of Baiji in the Northern Salahuddin province.