At least two people have been confirmed dead in the west of the Algerian capital, in a wild fire which started Friday night, the emergency services said Saturday.
Every year, Algeria loses up to one per cent of its vegetation to seasonal wildfires, according to the forestry department.
Residents living nearby, were evacuated from their homes after the fire swept through forest near the coastal city of Tipaza, where it trapped and killed two men in a chicken coop.
More than 50 additional firefighters were dispatched from Algiers to help tackle the blaze which has in the past 24 hours, 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.
Last year, the country lost 21,048 hectares (more than 52,000 acres) between June 1 and October 31
Source: Naija News