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Lebanon Rages With Uncontrollable Forest Fires in Chouf Mountain
Lebanese citizens in the Chouf district evacuated their homes on Tuesday as forest fires ravaged the Chouf’s tree-covered mountains. The sudden rise in temperature is said to have caused the forest fires that began in southern-central Lebanon early on Monday. The Civil Defense, Sidon Fire Department, and the Lebanese Army worked to put out the fire in the early hours of Monday, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper. However, overnight winds caused the blaze to break out again. A civil defense official said 104 fires had broken out over the past 24 hours, and that residents had been evacuated from homes and buildings to minimize the toll.