2:26 p.m. EDT August 18 2022
Wildfires in Northeast Algeria have killed at least 38 people according to reports by local journalists and the fire service. Most of the fatalities have occurred in the El Tarf province near Algeria’s border with Tunisia within about 20 miles of the Mediterranean Sea.
Officials said that 39 fires were spreading through parts of northern Algeria, and they warned that hot, dry winds could worsen the situation. Approximately 16 fires are near the city of El Tarf.
At least 26 killed and dozens injured in forest fires that devastated Algeria’s, El Tarf, near Tunisia border. Interior minister Kamel Beldjoud said firefighters, supported by helicopters, were trying to contain several blazes on August 17 evening. With 350 residents evacuated. pic.twitter.com/Q9ucxtP39C
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About 90 people are thought to have died in fires last year when more than 250,000 acres of forests burned.