A fire rages in Chekka, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
BEIRUT: An enormous wildfire erupted in the forests near the northern village of Chekka Sunday, after several other blazes broke out around the country.
Civil Defense teams spent hours battling the blaze, which broke out in Al-Shaqaa hills of the Hiri village near the Lady of Nouriyeh Marian shrine.
Earlier, another fire started in an empty lot not far from fuel reservoirs and a main shopping center in Dora, on the northern outskirts of Beirut, but Civil Defense managed to extinguish it quickly.
The National News Agency reported that a fire broke out in an agricultural area of Khaldeh, south of Beirut, around noon, and spread, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.
Wildfires constitute a seasonal menace in Lebanon, particularly this year following an unseasonally dry winter and hot summer.
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