Cedar trees are seen in the Chouf forest, Lebanon.(Mahmoud Kheir/File/The Daily Star)
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Civil Defense fire brigades, assisted by municipality workers and residents, are struggling to extinguish a fire that broke out in the vicinity of millennia-old cedar trees in Maaser al-Chouf, southeast of Beirut, Thursday.According to a Civil Defense spokesperson, the fire started in a pine forest between Maaser al-Chouf and the adjacent village of Botmeh, spreading quickly toward the cedar reserve higher up. The reserve's most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests at Maaser Al-Chouf, Barouk and Ain Zahalta
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