BEIRUT: Firefighters and locals spent five hours containing a blaze that destroyed olive groves in rural Akkar Thursday.
The National News Agency said the fire raged near the village of Talil and spread to almond, olive and fig orchards, vineyards and a poultry farm and approached a local church and cemetery.
Residents and Civil Defense personnel battled the blaze but struggled to reach the source of the fire in a valley. The NNA said more than 7,000 olive trees were lost. Olive-picking season is set to begin next month.