Emergency services are still working to control the wildfire.
Rabat – A wildfire that started last Thursday, August 29, is still ravaging Achacha-Tassift forest, in the Chefchaouen province (north of Morocco). The fires have damaged around 65 hectares of forest so far, announced the regional director of Water, Forests, and the Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLCD) in Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, Abdelaziz Hajjaji.
“Members of the regional delegation of HCEFLCD, Civil Protection, Auxiliary Forces, Royal Armed Forces, and local authorities are combining their efforts to control the wildfire”, explains Hajjaji. He added that two “Canadair” planes have been deployed to support the efforts of the security and emergency services at the scene.
“All air and land assets are mobilized to extinguish the fires,” added Hajjaji. However, fire trucks face difficulties accessing the fire zone because of the mountainous landscape. Planes also cannot be deployed in the early mornings because of dense mist obstructing their view.
The wildfire may cause still more damage if the authorities do not manage to control the flames.
The National Center for Forest Climate Risk Management released a report on April 11, 2018, stating that around 841 hectares of forest were damaged by a total of 343 wildfires in Morocco, during 2018.